The overflow crowd in attendance at the Black Lives Matter event last night indicates deep concern exists in our community about the newly-emboldened white supremacist movement, both nationally and in our own community. With this in mind, the Mesa County Democrats issued the following statement today:

“The Mesa County Democrats join Senator Cory Gardner in condemning in clear terms the violent actions of the white supremacists who caused death and mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. We urge President Trump to speak out as clearly and forcefully against this incident of domestic terrorism as he does against the media, Republicans who fail to do his bidding and terrorist incidents abroad. Supremacist groups that thrive on hatred have no place in America.

We further urge the Grand Junction City Council, Mesa County Commissioners and our federal elected representatives to take seriously the bigotry, hate speech and intolerance increasingly on display in our area, for example through the continuing distribution of KKK-recruitment fliers locally. Our leaders need to publicly condemn such ideology, hate speech and intolerance, particularly when it comes from local business owners, prominent mainstream groups or even local elected officials.”