Richmond, Va. – Today, Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement condemning last night’s violent demonstration and today’s planned rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville:
“Last night’s hateful parade by white supremacists in Charlottesville was a cowardly and bigoted attack on every Virginian. I am horrified and personally disgusted by this racist demonstration against the Charlottesville community and our commonwealth’s cornerstone values of equality and fairness. The hate we saw last night has no place in our country in 2017 — and is a direct assault on everything I know and love about our commonwealth.
“The vile protests planned for this weekend seek to divide us — and provoke us — with their hate. I urge everyone to heed the words of Governor McAuliffe and Lieutenant Governor Northam and deny these racist protests the attention they desperately want — and instead stand together as neighbors, citizens, Virginians and Americans to build a more just and inclusive future for our commonwealth in the weeks and months ahead.”