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Washington Republicans respond to events in Charlottesville

With all ongoing media attention focused on the recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the resulting counter-protests and violence, the Wire reached out to Washington State Republicans for comments on the events in Charlottesville after President’s Trump’s remarks on Tuesday.

The Washington State Republican Party Chairman Susan Hutchison said:

The event in Charlottesville called “Unite the Right” was a White Supremacist and neo-Nazi protest march and had nothing to do with the Republican Party. Republicans will never “unite” with these extremists and their views.

View her complete statement here.

Congressman Dan Newhouse said:

Where we see white supremacy and racial hatred, we must condemn them as antithetical to American patriotism. And when that hate turns to violence, the law must be upheld. I strongly support the Justice Department’s criminal investigation of the violence in Charlottesville and hope to see those responsible brought to justice as soon as possible.

View his complete statement here.

Congressman David Reichert said:

Let me be clear, there is no defense for the KKK or white supremacists and the racist views they stand for and they must be condemned universally and decisively. The greatest weapon to organizations founded in hate and the desire to divide, is Americans’ pursuit of unity, acceptance, and love for one another.

View his complete statement here.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has not responded to our request for a statement but she did send out this tweet following the President’s press conference on Tuesday.

Rep. Herrera Beutler has not responded to us for a complete statement, however she has posted the following statement on her website.

This story will be updated as we receive comments.

Image: A white nationalist demonstrator walks into Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday after violence erupted at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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