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Six long and difficult months ago, Donald Trump took an oath which included a vow to protect against all enemies, foreign and domestic. What happened yesterday in Virginia was an act of white nationalist terrorism. The same kind of terrorism employed by Timothy McVeigh, and the same kind of terrorism employed by Dylann Roof.

Donald Trump’s reaction to this terrorist attack made a mockery of the oath he took.

He did not overturn his Justice Department’s  hands-off approach to radical and subversive white nationalist militia groups. He didn’t apologize for his own role in fomenting and legitimizing political violence. He couldn’t even summon the basic human decency necessary to not blame the victims. Instead, he blamed both sides and then pivoted to his favorite subject…himself.

When the person serving as President cannot or will not condemn racist, anti-Semitic violence in this country because those same elements perpetrating the violence also comprise that person’s political base, we can truthfully call this situation what it is: a national crisis.

This is why we must double, and redouble our efforts to resist the loathsome, vile and hateful elements who have captured the White House. Our country is better than the man who nominally leads it, and it is up to each of us to work however long and however hard we can to resist Trump and reclaim our country.

Call the White House today, 202-456-1111, and demand Trump call these hate-mongering racist, anti-Semite white supremacist and neo-nazi domestic terrorists exactly what they are: hate-mongering racist, anti-Semite white supremacist and neo-nazi domestic terrorists.

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party