All 3 Westport selectmen — Jim Marpe, Avi Kaner and Helen Garten — have signed an Anti-Defamation League petition. It requests that President Trump “publicly and unequivocally disavow white supremacy.”
The statement reads:
The White House’s repeated failure to stand up to white supremacy and other forms of domestic extremism emboldens and allows its perpetrators to increase their visibility.
Now is the time for President Trump to name the hate and acknowledge that this is not a matter of equivalence between two sides with similar gripes.
The White House’s refusal to disavow white supremacist ideology as a growing source of extremist violence empowers and abets its perpetrators.
President Trump must personally and unequivocally disavow white supremacy and end the White House’s enabling and tolerating its rise.
To truly take a stand, we urge President Trump to also terminate all staff with any ties to these extremists. There is no rationale for employing people who excuse hateful rhetoric and ugly incitement.