"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."
These were the last words posted on Heather Heyer's Facebook page before she was killed in Saturday's Nazi terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.
It seems our Senators are not paying attention, because neither Senator Cassidy nor Kennedy have issued any kind of strongly-worded statement denouncing what the President said during Tuesday's press conference. In fact, they've refused to weigh in on the conference at all.
In case you missed it, Trump held a press conference Tuesday that was a startling and sickening display of what his true feelings were on the Charlottesville attack:
- He blamed the violence on both the Nazis (who, I remind you, killed a woman and injured 19 others) as well as the "alt-left", a made up term for the counter protesters.
- He claimed that there were some "very fine people" among the crowd of Nazis, Klansmen, and racists shouting "white lives matter" and "Jews will not replace us".
- He said that the angry racists carrying torches Friday night, while shouting known Nazi slogans like "Sieg Heil" and "Blood and Soil", were in fact "very quietly protesting" the statues removal.
This is unconscionable. We need our elected representatives to call out the President for his racist remarks. But many of you reported yesterday that when you called about this topic, our Senators' staff instead made excuses for their bosses, saying that Cassidy/Kennedy did in fact release statements condemning the violence, and of course they don't support Nazis, and so on.
Until our Senators call out the President by name for his alliance with and allegiance to white supremacist groups; until our Senators out Nazis and Klansmen as agitators for violence – and ultimately, the instigators of murder; until they call out white supremacy for the cancer that it is – Our Senators' statements are simply not good enough.
So we need to keep the pressure up on our officials. Evil cannot be confronted unless you call it out by name. And white supremacy is evil.
WHO TO CALL:
Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130 (NOTE: If you can't get through to Metairie, try one of the other offices, such as Monroe: (318) 324-2111, Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398, or Alexandria: Phone: (318) 448-7176)
Senator John Kennedy: DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and MONROE OFFICE (318) 361-1489
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!
Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling today because I am disappointed that the Senator has not yet denounced the President's statements in Tuesday's press conference. I am outraged at Trump's defense of white supremacists in Charlottesville and his false moral equivalence of the two sides, and I want the Senator to, at the very least, publicly denounce Trump for his remarks, like so many of the Senator's fellow Republican members of Congress have already done.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
Feel free to call Representative Steve Scalise (DC – 202-335-3015 and Metairie – 504-837-1259) to thank him for his unequivocal and repeated condemnation of white supremacy, both on Sunday and Tuesday.