Scott Statement on "Unite the Right" Rally in Charlottesville

August 12, 2017
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the violent clashes at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, VA:

"I am deeply concerned about the unfolding situation in Charlottesville where white nationalists have violently clashed with counter-protesters. While I respect their First Amendment right to assemble and freedom of speech, this sort of violence and hate speech has no credible role in our public discourse. These are the actions of a fringe element in our society newly emboldened and does not reflect the morality and values of our great nation. We must all commit ourselves to treating one another with dignity and respect, despite our disagreements. I commend Governor McAuliffe for declaring a state of emergency and I hope that this situation is resolved peacefully."

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