San Diego elected officials respond to Charlottesville, Trump on Twitter

Posted at 12:02 PM, Aug 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-13 15:24:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--In the aftermath of deadly violence in Charlottesville, elected representatives from San Diego took to Twitter to issue statements denouncing hatred, white supremacy and criticizing President Donald Trump. 

On Saturday, Trump blamed "many sides" for the unrest at the Virginia white nationalist rally. One suspect faces murder charges for driving a car through a crowd of counter-protesters, claiming the life of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Nineteen others were injured. 

Two Virginia State Patrol troopers were killed when a helicopter crashed in a wooded area after monitoring the rally.  Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, 40, lost their lives in the crash. 

Here's what some San Diego's elected leaders said about Saturday's tragic events:

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: “We must reject this violence. American is strong because we accept all are created equal. Praying for Charlottesville,” and “Our great nation must not tolerate white supremacy or any other racism. America is strongest when we stand together.”


San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Bry: "Our hearts and prayers are with the city of #Charlottesville today. This kind of senseless hatred and violence has no place in society."


San Diego City Councilman Christopher Ward: "#Charlottesville took a bold stand to remove Confederate symbols; outsiders swooped in with hate & violence. Brave:"

San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez: "Stand in solidarity w/ #Charlottesville Vice Mayor @DrWesBellamy for equity, inclusion & justice. Reject hate & bigotry in our communities." 


Assemblyman Todd Gloria: “Hatred, violence & Nazis don’t have 'many sides.' There are just two: right and wrong. Leaders shouldn’t be unclear which side they’re on.”



Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher: “There are no two sides to this. They’re not the “alt-right” – they are racist, white supremacists. They are anti-American. #Chalottesville”



State Sen. Toni Atkins: “My [heart emoji]is heavy tonight from hate filled activity in my home State-Virginia. My heart goes out to the families for their loss & to those hurt.”



Rep. Scott Peters: “These expressions of racism & hatred are neither American nor Christian, and all the patriotic and devout should say so #Charlottesville”



Rep. Susan Davis: “Many sides? This is about one side emboldened by Trump’s hateful rhetoric. Must keep standing against violence & bigotry. #Charlottesville”



Sen. Dianne Feinstein: “Violent acts of hate and bigotry have no place in America. The attacks we are witnessing in Charlottesville are completely unacceptable and must not be allowed to continue. Violence like this will solve nothing and will only beget more violence and sow more division. The president must use his voice and actions to denounce such unacceptable behavior.”



Sen. Kamala Harris: “This is un-American. We must all stand against hatred and bigotry. Our unity is our strength and diversity is our power,” and “We must speak out against white supremacists, hatred, and bigotry. Find a #Charlottesville vigil near you:”