Sen. Leach Introduces Resolution Condemning White Supremacists

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Statue of Robert E. Lee, whose potential removal sparked a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

Sen. Daylin Leach is taking action in response to the events that transpired in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

On Aug. 16, Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) introduced a Senate resolution condemning white supremacists and asked all members of the Senate to co-sponsor it, per a press release.

“The horrific events in Charlottesville could happen anywhere, even in Pennsylvania,” he wrote in a memo. “This resolution will put the Pennsylvania Senate on record standing against bigotry, violence, and the warped philosophy of neo-Nazis and white supremacists.”

He emphasized in the memo that the resolution is written “narrowly so as to make it non-controversial and to address the pure, unambiguous evil that we’ve seen unfold on our streets recently.”

In a statement, Leach said: “As elected leaders, we are expected to lead. And if leadership means anything, it has to mean forcefully and unambiguously renouncing the repugnant bigotry of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis.

“The views of these extremists are an abomination, and repugnant to everything America stands for. All decent people must stand united in condemning these bigots and those who enable them, encourage them, or wink and nod as they spew their hate.

“And we must also call out those who know better, but remain silent. Fear and silence will not save our country. Only clear action will. The time for timid silence is over.”

In July, Leach announced he will run for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District against U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.), who currently represents the district.

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