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Bigotry and hate on display

Today marks the one year anniversary of the white nationalist riots in Charlottesville, Virginia. It's a day I still remember vividly, because I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

I couldn't believe that so many people still believed so strongly in bigotry and white supremacy that they grabbed torches to storm Charlottesville. I couldn't believe that Nazis felt so safe, even emboldened, that they brazenly marched through the streets of an American city, assaulting civilians left and right. I couldn't believe that the deaths and the dozens of injuries in the tragic attacks would cause so little action from our representatives in Washington.

Hate took to the streets, three Americans were killed, and our government did nothing in response.

In fact, my opponent, Dana Rohrabacher, still doesn't think the Charlottesville attack even happened. He calls it "all baloney" and "a total hoax" and somehow blames Democrats for "setting up" Civil War reenactors, saying "it was left-wingers who were manipulating them in order to have this confrontation... [and to]...put our president on the spot."

That's ridiculous and disrespectful to those who put their safety on the line to protect the town from violence.

Leadership is about making lives better, about having the courage to take strong stands, about inspiring us to come together to fight hatred and bigotry. After the riots in Charlottesville, I was inspired by OUR community in the 48th district coming together for a unity rally in Laguna Beach. We sent a message, loud and clear, that hate is not welcome here.

Together, in November, we'll take that same message across the country.


p.s. Dana Rohrabacher really said that the Charlottesville attacks were "all baloney." Seriously. Check it out.

Posted on August 12, 2018 in Campaign Updates.

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