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Georgia Officials Respond To Charlottesville Terrorist Attack

Aug 14, 2017

More than half of Georgia’s representatives condemned the deadly violence that took place following a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

Both U.S. senators, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, tweeted about the terrorist attack by James Alex Fields Jr, a 20-year-old white man. He was charged with second-degree murder for crashing his car into a group of counter-protestors.

Heather Heyer, 32, died as a result and at least 19 others were injured.

Isakson and Purdue tweeted shortly after the attack and their offices said they both condemn white supremacy. 

“I strongly condemn the hatred and violence incited by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. This type of bigotry and hate is not what our country stands for, and we must stand united as Americans against this evil,” Isakson said. “I am praying for the victims of this domestic terrorist attack.”

See more responses below:

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-1):

"I absolutely condemn the bigotry and racism of the white supremacists in Charlottesville. There is no room for this violence and hate in our great nation."

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (GA-11):  

"I condemn the recent acts of violence fueled by hatred. Our nation was built on the undeniable truth that ‘All men are created equal...’ Hatred and freedom are incompatible principles and, for America to remain free, we must remain the ‘United’ states, not a divided nation. We must also remember another undeniable truth, ‘Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs’ (Proverbs 10:12 NIV).”

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12):

"I strongly condemn the violence in Charlottesville. The bigotry and hatred spread by white supremacists are the antithesis of all we stand for as Americans. Please keep the victims and their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."

U.S. Rep. David Scott (GA-13):

"We have groups in our country who are terrorist organizations. I’m an African-American, I’ve seen my people lynched, hanging from trees. When that young man [James Alex Fields Jr.] rolled that car into that crowd, it was pure hate and evil and he was a part of that white supremacy group. They think they’re ‘Making America Great Again’ for Trump by taking America back to the times and insidious activities of Nazis and the KKK and so I am just appalled. I work across party lines and I can tell you there are some Republican members of Congress who are absolutely livid about this.” 

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (GA-14):  

"As the Declaration of Independence boldly declares, 'all men are created equal.' White supremacy is evil, and inconsistent with the purpose and founding of America and has no place in our society. Furthermore, violence and hatred from any group, towards anybody, at any time is not who we are. My prayers are with the victims of the Charlottesville attack and for healing and unity in our nation."