CURRIE TO REPUBLICANS: HOLD TRUMP ACCOUNTABLE FOR EMBRACE OF SO-CALLED "ALT-RIGHT"

[Trenton] -- New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie issued a follow-up statement in reaction to the president's support of domestic terrorist groups, which have been euphemistically labeled the "alt-right," urging New Jersey Republicans to vocally reject the President's behavior.

As news reports highlighted, last weekend a young woman was killed after a white nationalist rally turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia and a car plowed through a group of counter-protesters. Democrats were quick to condemn the violence and then to reject Trump's betrayal of American values, when he falsely blamed "many sides" for the tragedy. Outrage from New Jersey's elected Republicans has been, at best, muted.

“All of us -- no matter one's political affiliation -- should be appalled that the President of the United States is waging a scorched earth campaign against fundamental American values, rights, and liberties. But it's the responsibility of the Republican Party that Trump now leads to hold his dangerous views in check. And until New Jersey Republicans -- especially Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, and those in Congress -- forcefully condemn Donald Trump and hold him accountable, they are encouraging his embrace of domestic terrorism," Currie said.

Currie continued, "Voters deserve to know why New Jersey Republicans are not disavowing Trump’s presidency. Vague, belated posts on social media are not enough -- not while these same Republicans also condone voter suppression efforts and allow the president to sabotage health insurance coverage for millions; and not while they help him hide his tax returns and excuse his interference in federal investigations. Their choice is simple: help turn the page on an increasingly disturbing chapter in American history, or be remembered for standing by while Trump gave white supremacists a green light to sow hate and violence."

In a letter sent earlier in the week, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, also urged his counterpart at the Republican National Committee to stand up to the President or accept responsibility for his failings.

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