Omaha World Herald: Nebraskans, Iowans Respond with Outrage to Unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia

Aug 16, 2017
In The News

Nebraska and Iowa officials responded in recent days to events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. — “These people are utterly revolting — and have no understanding of America. This creedal nation explicitly rejects ‘blood & soil’ nationalism.”

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb. — “The hatred, violence & racism displayed in Charlottesville, VA have no place in our society. We must show civility & respect to one another.”

Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb. — “I am saddened for #Charlottesville & mad at bigots. No room for that in US. Let’s unite against all bigots & those who commit violence.”

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb. — “’I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.’ — Martin Luther King, Jr. #Charlottesville”

Rep. Adrian Smith., R-Neb. — “The hatred and violence in Charlottesville today is horrifying & does not represent the America we love. We must bring our country together.”

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican — “It was an ugly reminder that we cannot take for granted the founding principles of our county: that all men are created equal.’’

Rep. David Young, R-Iowa — “It is just after 2:00 am here in Israel where I am wrapping up my travels and meetings and will begin my journey home to Iowa tomorrow. From a land that has seen the pain and deep divisions hatred has caused throughout history I wanted to acknowledge and condemn the hate and pain we have seen this weekend at home. Political discourse is something we can pride ourselves on in America — but hate is disgusting and must be condemned to the core.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa — “What ‘WhiteNatjonalist’ (sic) are doing in Charlottesville is homegrown terrorism that can’t be tolerated anymore that what Any extremist does.”

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa — “I agree w\Lt. Col. Allen West’s Charlottesville article. American history is to be learned & understood not erased.”

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa — “The violence in #Charlottesville that is fueled by racist hatred has no place in our society. We are one nation, under God, and indivisible. We cannot stand for this terrorism.”

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican — “We must forcefully condemn ugly, vile, racist hate. My prayers are with the victims of these despicable acts. #Charlottesville”

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