Rep. Tom Reed’s statement on the Charlottesville White Supremacy rally was posted on his Facebook page on Monday morning. It was after President Trump’s first Charlottesville statement on Saturday afternoon, and before Trump’s secind statement later on Monday.
“I’m outraged by the violence and senseless deaths that occurred today in Charlottesville and condemn those who would abuse our freedoms and divide us with bigotry. Hatred will never have a place in the true American spirit. Our condolences are with the families of all three of today’s victims.” (Rep. Tom Reed’s Website)
It looks as if he followed the President’s lead of condeming the violence and not mentioning the White Supremacy movement.
On Tuesday, The Hill included our congressman in an article entitle, “GOP stands by Trump after Charlottesville”. It read:
“I think the left is trying to make this political and it shouldn’t be,” said one vulnerable House Republican. “I’m disgusted by the heat from both sides.”
“I believe his message has been clear that racism, bigotry and hatred is not American and must be rejected in its entirety,” added Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) a Trump ally who said he still backs the president.
Asked if he had any concerns about Trump’s initial response, a top aide to a conservative congressman replied: “None.”
“Despite whatever faults Trump has, he is not racist or anti-Semitic. … Trump did not earn this.” (The Hill, 8/15/17)
This was before Trump’s controversial Tuesday’s news conference.
The President has again placed the Congressional Republicans in a situation where they have to decide to either follow the President lead, or to act ethically. Rep. Reed is presently following the President. Some Republicans are begining to speak out against the stance that President has taken.
For example, our eastern neighbor Rep. John Katko of the NY-24, also a republican, objected to Trump’s “I think there is blame on both sides” statement. On Wednesday Katko said,
” As I stated this weekend, and again yesterday, there is absolutely no place in public discourse ofr racism, bigotry, or white supremacy. President Trump should outright condemn these words and actions under all circumstances.” (Finger Lakes Times, 8/17/17)
For more artices featuring GOP responses to Trump’s statement see the Los Angeles Times article, “Republicans distance themselves all over again from Trump’s recent remarks” and “Trump, Graham feud over President’s Charlottesville response.”
It is time again to let Rep. Reed know our feelings on the legitimizing the White Supremacy culture.
Reed’s Offices Phone Numbers
- Reed’s Washington Office: Phone: (202) 225-3161
- Olean Office: Phone: (716)-379-8434
- Corning Office: Phone: (607) 654-7566
- Jamestown Office: Phone: (716) 708-6369
- Geneva Office: Phone: (315) 759-5229
- Ithaca Office: Phone: (607) 222-2027
- Rally Information:
Hornell Stands With Charlottesville (NewNY23rd article)