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Crapo, Simpson speak out against Charlottesville violence, condemn white supremacy

Here are the statements that Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and 2nd District Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson have issued on the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, both sent out on social media on Sunday. Sen. Jim Risch will have a statement this afternoon; 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador hasn’t yet responded to a request for comment.


“Yesterday’s tragedy in Virginia was the result of domestic terrorism. I condemn and reject the racism and hate perpetuated by white supremacist groups. In the wake of this horrific tragedy, let us gather in solidarity with those who lost loved ones and draw closer the families whose lives have been forever shattered by Saturday’s events. As others and I noted during a recent gathering at the Anne Frank memorial, Idaho and our nation are too great for hate.”


“Kathy and I send our thoughts and prayers to the victims in Charlottesville. White supremacy and their hateful rhetoric and violence, have no place in this country. Let today unite our nation against this evil rather than allow it to be divided by a petulant minority that does not represent the values of America. We thank the First Responders for their commitment to helping those in need and let us use their compassion and selflessness as strength to guide us though yesterday's ugly events.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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