Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Representing the 1st District of Nebraska

Fortenberry Statement on Charlottesville

Aug 17, 2017
Press Release

(Lincoln, NE) – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today issued the following statement on the tragedy in Charlottesville.

"As our nation continues to struggle with the terrible tragedy of Charlottesville, it offers us a chance to reflect on where we are as a country and where we go as a people.

"Nearby my office in Washington, there is a sign in a yard, which I see occasionally. For many months, it has caught my attention and now speaks to this moment. So, on Monday, I posted its words: "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear" –- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"As we seek to gently knit our country back together, we must also remain vigilant, and unequivocal, in decrying hate. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence in #Charlottesville, particularly the vile, racist protests and murder perpetrated by the despicable KKK, Nazis, and other white nationalist groups. While the most heinous forms of speech and assembly are protected by the first amendment, these rights must always be balanced with obligations. Violence is never acceptable. 

As we reflect on Dr. King’s words, perhaps it offers a moment for healing, not further division. A moment for contemplation, not further violence."

Fortenberry serves on the House Appropriations Committee.