Gill Resolution Condemning President Trump’s Reaction to Charlottesville Passes Freeholder Board

August 23, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Today, Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill announced that a resolution he introduced condemning President Trump’s reaction to the deadly protests in Charlottesville, VA was unanimously passed at this evening’s meeting if the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“At times of national crisis, we need a leader who will step up and provide Americans the moral clarity needed to bring us together as one," said Gill.  “We must make no equivocation - the tragic loss of life we witnessed in Charlottesville was a direct result of the violent actions of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Alt-Right groups spreading fear and hatred. This was a gravely missed opportunity for President Trump and I condemn his woefully inadequate response in the strongest terms.”


The full text of the resolution is as follows:


WHEREAS, in reaction to the violent protests in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017, President Trump failed to specifically call out white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members in his initial statement; and


WHEREAS, despite condemning those groups in a subsequent statement, the President later backtracked by blaming “both sides” for the violence and saying many of the rally participants were peaceful; and


WHEREAS, the violence and tragic loss of life was a direct consequence of propagators of hate and bigotry; and


WHEREAS, elected officials from across the political spectrum have condemned President Trump’s reactions; and


WHEREAS, there is no moral equivalency between racists and Americans who defy hate and bigotry; and


WHEREAS, the President of the United States must lead by focusing on bringing people together to challenge hate in the strongest, most unequivocal terms; and,


WHEREAS, the failure to show leadership imperils the moral authority vested in the Office of the President of the United States; and


WHEREAS, these groups that spew bigotry and racism are the antithesis of American patriotism, and we must unite against them; and


WHEREAS, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders vehemently opposes neo-Nazis and white supremacists across the United States.  President Trump’s unwillingness to denounce white supremacy has only encouraged and empowered white supremacists and has further divided our nation; and


WHEREAS, as County elected leaders, we will not remain silent.  As the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”; and


WHEREAS, the Board of Chosen Freeholders stands with our fellow citizens in their outrage over the President’s words and deeds, and we pledge to continue working throughout Essex County so that all people feel safe and welcome.  NOW, THEREFORE BE IT


RESOLVED, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders strongly condemns President Trump’s reactions to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017; and be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders calls on President Donald Trump to lead our nation; to act like the President of all people by taking a stand against white supremacy and anti-Semitism: anything less is unacceptable and demonstrates his complicity in allowing racism and white nationalism to continue to grow; and be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, copies of this Resolution shall be sent to Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Prieto and members of Essex County’s state legislative delegation. 

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