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We must not allow violence and cruelly demagogic rhetoric to normalize a toxic, deadly environment of mail bombs and racially-charged terrorism in our country.

October 27, 2018

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, October 27, 2018

 

We must not allow violence and cruelly demagogic rhetoric to normalize a toxic, deadly environment of mail bombs and racially-charged terrorism in our country. 

 

 

CHICAGO – Acid rain trickles down from the top.

 

We must not allow violence and cruelly demagogic rhetoric to normalize a toxic, deadly environment of mail bombs and racially-charged terrorism in our country.

 

In Charlottesville last year, hundreds of neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched the streets of that placid university town, carrying tiki torches and chanting, “The Jews will not replace us.”

 

The next day, a white-supremacist plowed his car into an anti-racist demonstration, killing 31-year-old protester, Heather Heyer, and President Trump pronounced there were “good people” on both sides.

 

Today in Pittsburgh, a gunman, described as a heavy-set white man, walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue during a baby-naming ceremony and opened fire, yelling, “All Jews must die.”

 

At least 10 people were killed. Four police officers were injured.

 

While we offer our profound condolences and prayers to the latest victims of our national madness, we must do more. Much more. We must ban military-style assault weapons once and for all.

 

We also must demand that our elected leaders replace their language of hate and division with words of love, unity and respect.

 

President Trump should lead the way.

 

 

He has failed to do so up to now. His recent declaration that he is a “nationalist” was reckless and provocative, a dog whistle heard loud and clear by former KKK leader, David Duke, who congratulated Trump on his words of nationalism.

 

The statement was undoubtedly heard also by the suspect arrested for the nation-wide string of mail bombs and the campaign of terror waged against President Obama, the Clintons, Rep. Maxine Waters and other critics of President Trump.

 

As the country marches towards the edge of disaster, we can go a long way toward repairing the damage by each of us voting in the midterm elections.

 

Every vote is important on Nov. 6.

 

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Don Terry
dterry@rainbowpush.org

 

 

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