‘Mr. Trump… apologize to the American people’

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Local Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s continued statements that she says support anti-American groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis:

Local Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s continued statements that she says support anti-American groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis:

“It seems every day that President Donald Trump drags the political discourse in this country (and with it the esteem of the presidency) to a new low. Please, Mr. Trump, find the good grace to cease giving aid and comfort to hateful, repugnant racist people through your words and apologize to the American people for your actions surrounding the people and events that took place in Charlottesville. We need our president to help heal the moral wounds of our country, not one that actively rips its stitches out. Please start showing that you understand that message.”

After a woman was killed when an accused white supremacist plowed into a crowd during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, President Trump denounced violence "on many sides."

Although he eventually denounced white supremacists and neo-Nazis by name, he has returned to his original remarks, insisting that there's plenty of blame to go around and pivoting to the issue of saving Confederate statues.

“I think there is blame on both sides,” the president said in a combative exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in Manhattan. “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.”

Quirk-Silva represents the 65th Assembly District, which includes Stanton, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma and most of West Anaheim.