FOR RELEASE 8/15/2017
Right wing nationalism is on the rise in the United States. Although we have not seen the same degree of violence in Oregon, we are saddened to see so many Republican politicians in this state catering to the kinds of disreputable and racist sentiments that are giving rise to violence in Charlottesville and other places. In 2018, Some Oregon Republican politicians, emboldened by President Trump, are sponsoring two petitions that are also being supported by the same type of racists and haters that organized the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville Virginia.
In his 1996 acceptance speech for the GOP nomination for President Senator Bob Dole said:
“…if there's anyone who has mistakenly attached themselves to our party in the belief that we are not open to citizens of every race and religion, then let me remind you, tonight this hall belongs to the Party of Lincoln. And the exits which are clearly marked are for you to walk out of as I stand this ground without compromise.”
Oregon voters should closely watch the Republican leadership to see whether they state clearly and unequivocally, as Senator Dole did in 1996, that the GOP rejects racism and white nationalist organizations and individuals.
We call on leaders of both political parties, and especially those who have sought the Independent Party's cross nomination to condemn this violence and the kinds of rhetoric and organizing tactics that have helped to create it.
Sal Peralta and Rob Harris