“That was a moment when the President of the United States should have had the ability and the willingness to look into a camera and say, ‘This is disgraceful. The KKK and neo-Nazis and white supremacists do not belong on the streets of this city. They are undermining core American values,'” said Representative David Cicilline in response to President Donald Trump‘s false and racist comments on the events in Charlottesville.
Cicilline was speaking at a town hall-style meeting in Cumberland Wednesday night that was supposed to be about the Congressional Democrats’ “Better Deal” proposal but audience members asked questions about a wide range of issues, including Trump’s racism.
“It is fair to evaluate the the President’s response in the context of some other facts we know,” said Cicilline. “This is the man who led the effort to de-ligitimize the presidency of Barrack Obama by leading the birther movement. This is the man who has a documented history of not renting properties to African-Americans. This is a man who said a judge is disqualified from hearing a case because he was of Mexican descent. This is a man who proposed a Muslim ban. This is the man who has, in the White House, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon [who has since left the White House] and Steven Miller with documented, long-standing relationships with parts of [the white supremacist] movement.”
Here are Cicilline’s opening remarks, in which he explains A Better Deal, and also talks about campaign finance reform, prescription drug prices and other initiatives. Cicilline acknowledges that the current climate in Washington has made legislating difficult, but he’s still hopeful that Congressional Republicans will reach across the aisle to get important reforms passed.
Cicilline fielded a broad range of questions, from United States policy of North Korea to pet insurance.