Writers Guild of America East Urges President Trump to Condemn White Supremacy

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The Writers Guild of America East has issued a strong condemnation of Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., and urged President Donald Trump to condemn white nationalism.

The New York-based WGA East, which represents about 4,000 writers, issued the statement in the wake of the death of a 32-year-old woman after a car plowed into a crowd. At least 30 others were injured as white nationalists and counter-protesters clashed over the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at a “Unite the Right” rally.

The event had drawn the members of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, as well as movement leaders including David Duke and Richard Spencer.

Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and the National Guard joined local police in clearing the area. Trump, speaking at a veterans’ event at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., described the situation as “the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia.”

Trump  blamed “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” but did not single out the white nationalists — leading to the WGA East’s pointed criticism.

“To proclaim that white people are superior to anyone else for any reason or that violence in defense of such a hateful notion is repugnant and intolerable,” the guild said. “The American people do not want neo-Nazis and Klansmen to dictate policy to the White House. We believe the time has come time to put an end to the vile narrative that on Saturday cost a life in Virginia and wounded many more. President Trump must stand up and directly condemn white supremacy and the domestic terrorism it engenders.”

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  1. RickKCMO says:

    Trump was not endorsing the white nationalists. He was pointing out that both sides were engaged in violence with each other. Just today police in Chicago fought with members of the Alt-Left protesting outside a courthouse. A pro free speech rally was scheduled to happen in front of Google, but was canceled because of threats from the Alt-left. A member of the college republicans was attacked for going to a memorial for the woman run over during the protests. I don’t see WGA condemning those acts. The gov is not there to decide who’s speech is right or wrong. If they did, where would it stop? Who would decide what is allowable? The pro-life people consider abortionists murderers, should they have the right to stop them from speaking in public? The problem is when people cross the line into physical violence.

  2. Alex says:

    The WGA hates Trump, they should ask the late night dimwits to stop the Trump hate, but many of them write that crap.

    • Sad lazy writers says:

      Yes stop with the hate.
      How is the wknd violence any diff than the violence of hate speech on every late nite show lazy writers.
      Lazy snl writers.
      The more hate the writers promote the more they humiliate themselves for losing trying to justify it somehow by trying to victimize another with their hate.
      How is that any diff than this wknd violence.

  3. 1Ronald says:

    Let’s eat off of the left side of the plate and ignore the food on the right side. Even if the cook dished it out for you to take in all of it however unpalatable it may be. It’s there even that which you do not choose to see.

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