'We are not the white United States': Mayor Tom Barrett condemns Trump's Charlottesville comments
2:54 PM, Aug 16, 2017
3:16 PM, Aug 16, 2017
MILWAUKEE -- At a ten-minute news conference at City Hall Wednesday afternoon, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett harshly condemned President Donald Trump's response to the fatal violence in Charlottesville, and called on all elected officials to do the same.
"I feel so strongly about the approach that he has taken to the events over the last few days that I cannot remain silent," Mayor Barrett said.
Barrett argued that reaction has done real harm to Americans.
"Unfortunately, with his words, the president of the United States has intentionally and purposefully degraded the integrity, hope, and aspirations of our residents, and hundreds of millions of people across our country," the mayor said.
"This is not even a close call," Barrett continued. "This is the president of the United States, who is purposefully trying to draw a moral equivalency between white supremacists and people who object to white supremacy. There is no moral equivalency here - it just doesn't exist."
Responding to a reporter, the mayor said he was not calling for Trump to step down, but reiterated his call for every elected official to condemn the president's remarks.