NM leaders respond to violence in Virginia
August 12, 2017 10:53 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Following a far right protest-turned-clash with anti-protesters on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, several New Mexico leaders made their stances known on social media and elsewhere.
The echoed sentiment: hatred won’t be tolerated.
Gov. Susana Martinez’s office sent out the following statement Saturday evening.
“I ask that New Mexicans join me in praying for Charlottesville and our nation – and condemning the white supremacists responsible for this cowardly attack. It is a disturbing reminder of the evil that exists in our world. However, I’m confident that what unites us as Americans is far stronger than any hateful forces that would try to tear us apart.”
Attorney General Hector Balderas also made his opinions known, saying “the First Amendment should not be weaponized to terrorize Americans and our condolences are with the Commonwealth of Virginia. New Mexicans stand united against hatred and bigotry.”
Other New Mexico politicians tweeted their responses to the situation in Virginia, which resulted in at least one person dead and many others in the hospital, according to reports.
The Charlottesville march goes against the values Americans hold dear. We all must stand against the destructive forces of racism and hatred— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) August 12, 2017
Hate & racism have no place in America. I condemn what they stand for & sickening violence of white supremacists in #Charlottesville today.— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) August 13, 2017
Not enough to condemn hate & violence. We must condemn those who encourage and perpetrate it. #Charlottesville— MichelleLujanGrisham (@RepLujanGrisham) August 12, 2017
Hate groups have no place in American society! Praying for those touched by violence-MLK said hate can’t defeat hate; only love can do that.— Ben Ray Lujan (@repbenraylujan) August 13, 2017
Updated: August 12, 2017 10:53 PM
Created: August 12, 2017 09:43 PM
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