We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the tragedy that was the hateful and divisive march in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, especially the family of Heather Heyer, a white woman who died at the hands of a white man who was showing his support of white supremacy. Their logic is as flawed as their morality. We held a press conference with our Democratic elected officials, including State Senator Toni Atkins, and State Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 9:30am in front of the Balboa Park Cultural Cottages, to speak further about this weekend’s tragedy and our plans to defeat the rise of hatred and those Republicans who have enabled this horrific behavior.
It has been the words and actions of this president and the Republican Party that empowers these amoral and unsound people into committing these unthinkable acts of aggression. From the President’s appointments of known white supremacists to every level of his staff, to the decision of his justice department to ignore real civil rights issues while attacking universities for pursuing a diverse student body, to his proposal for a wall of intolerance, to the mocking and the hateful rhetoric he displayed in the campaign and now in the presidency, Donald Trump has done everything in his power to enable the most viciously intolerant among us know they have a friend in the oval office. However, Trump and the Republicans who support him have conveniently forgotten this nation is not, nor has it ever been, constructed of a single race, religion or sexual preference. Trump and his Republican supporters also forget our greatest generation who fought to eradicate this very evil from Germany and Europe in World War 2. Shame on them. In response to these attacks, the San Diego Democratic Party is launching the “WE ARE UNITED” campaign. Our elected San Diego Democratic officials and candidates are a reflection of the communities we represent. Democrats fight for the rights of everyone in all of our communities. When we as a people care for every member of our community, as a nation, as a state, and as a county all of us thrive. Empowered citizens are just plain good for business. Healthy people are good for our environment. And an educated citizenry is our very best hope for our collective future. We invite all San Diegans to join us in this important fight, because all of us have a duty to ensure the rights and representation of every one of us is guaranteed. When a white man can kill a white woman in the name of white supremacy no one is safe.