Slotkin: Refusal to condemn violence ‘one of the lowest points in the history of the presidency’
September 30, 2020
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8) issued the following statement following tonight’s presidential debate:
“Twice tonight, the president of the United States was given an opportunity to speak out against violence – first to condemn white supremacists and violent extremists like the Proud Boys, and then to discourage election-related violence from his supporters. Both times, the president refused to do so.
“I can’t imagine any past president of any party giving tacit approval to violence in the way President Trump did tonight. The Proud Boys, who describe themselves as “Western chauvinists,” are a fast-growing presence in our state and in our district. One of the candidates in my district’s primary took selfies with and defended them. They participate regularly in rallies, protests and counter-protests and last month, their demonstrations led to open brawls in Kalamazoo. When the President tells them, “Stand back and stand by,” it reads like an invitation to post-election violence, and it will add precipitously to the tension that is already so high on the ground, especially in swing districts.
“There was a lot of disgraceful behavior on that stage tonight, but the refusal to speak out against violence will go down as one of the lowest points in the history of the presidency.”