Hate Is Not Welcome Here
The President’s press conference on the tragedy in Charlottesville made plain that the original statement he gave on Saturday is what he really believes. The President’s continued talk of blame ‘on many sides’ ignores the abhorrent evil of white supremacism, and continues a disturbing pattern of complacency around acts of hatefrom this President, his Administration and his campaign for the presidency.
From the beginning, President Trump has sheltered and encouraged the forces of bigotry and discrimination. Bannon’s firing is welcome news, but it doesn’t disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance. Personnel changes are worthless so long as President Trump continues to advance policies that disgrace our cherished American values.
The President’s repulsive defense of white supremacists demands that Congress act to defend our American values. Today, Members led by Reps. Jerry Nadler, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Pramila Jayapal have filed the first censure resolution against the President. Every day, the President gives us further evidence of why such a censure is necessary. Indeed, with each passing day, it becomes clearer that the Republican Congress must declare whether it stands for our sacred American values or with the President who embraces white nationalism. Democrats will use every avenue to challenge the repulsiveness of President Trump’s words and actions.
This week we learned that the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is considering granting a permit for a white supremacist rally at Crissy Field. San Francisco takes great pride in being a city of peace that cherishes free speech and the right to public dissent. However, this decision raises grave and ongoing concerns about public safety. I am deeply alarmed by the hateful and dangerous nature of the event, its timing so soon after the horrors in Charlottesville, and the serious questions over whether the National Park Service is at all equipped to ensure public safety during a white supremacist rally. It is because of those concerns that I have called on the National Park Service to reevaluate its decision.
I have also called for the removal of Confederate Statutes from the Capitol. The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation. The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, then Speaker Ryan must join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately.
My office recently assisted a constituent who underwent a medically complicated pregnancy and gave birth to a child who has multiple medical conditions. Because her child must now undergo treatments and possible surgery that necessitate frequent trips to the hospital, she has been concerned about who would care for her other two children, because her husband works two full-time jobs. Her father-in-law has volunteered to travel to the United States to assist her, but my constituent was concerned that her father-in-law might have difficulties applying for a visitor visa. Consequently, after my constituent’s father-in-law obtained an appointment for a visa interview, my staff conveyed the details of my constituent’s situation to the U.S. Consulate. I was pleased to learn that, after attending his consular interview, my constituent’s father-in-law was granted a visitor visa. My constituent and her husband will now have the support they need.Caseworkers in my San Francisco office work to address any problems or concerns you may have with a federal government agency. To submit a Casework Authorization Form, please visit my website.
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