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Engel Statement on Charlottesville Anniversary

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WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement:

“One year ago today a heinous demonstration of racial hate turned violent, leaving one young woman dead and a nation reeling. In the year since that infamous day, we have seen no clear attempt by this President to denounce those responsible for the horror in Charlottesville, or bring our country together. Instead of healing, we’ve watched him blame both sides, and use his rhetoric to divide us, rather than unite us.

“More demonstrations from white nationalists are expected today in our nation’s capital. These people, once rightly ostracized on the fringes of our society, have been emboldened by the President’s lack of admonishment. While I pray today is free of violence, I do hope these vile individuals come away from this with the understanding that their hateful beliefs and bigotry will never win the day.”