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Northam Stops in Charlottesville, Discusses White Nationalist Rally

Posted: Updated: Oct 09, 2017 09:53 AM
Ralph Northam at the event at Mas Tapas Ralph Northam at the event at Mas Tapas
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Saturday evening’s Tiki-torchlit rally is drawing condemnation from Virginia politicians, including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam.

Northam made a campaign stop in Charlottesville Sunday, October 8, where he talked about the white nationalist rally that had taken place in Emancipation Park Saturday night.

Northam joined Democratic Delegate David Toscano Sunday afternoon for an event in Belmont's Mas Tapas. His first words to the packed restaurant condemned the actions of the white nationalists, who have returned to Charlottesville three times since May to protest City Council’s decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue.

Northam told the crowd that he does not see two sides to the “alt-right” rallies. He also made a promise to continue to fight and resist hate from neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

We need to make sure that they know that they are not welcome here in Virginia, and that we don't condone hatred and bigotry.  We're going to work with our community, law enforcement, and make sure that we do everything that we can to keep our community safe and again to keep them away and not to come back to places like Charlottesville.

Northam said now is the time for healing and reconciliation. He vowed that if elected, that's what he and Democrats in Virginia are going to do.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie has also issued a statement in regard to the October 7 white nationalist rally:

Last night’s torch rally was a disgusting, craven play for publicity by white supremacists whose twisted mindset represents the presence of evil in our world, hoping to generate media attention they believe furthers their reprehensible organizational goals.

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