Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett slams Trump comments: 'We are not the white United States'

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett slams Trump comments: 'We are not the white United States'

by Mary Spicuzza

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

August 16, 2017

 

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett slammed President Donald Trump over his response to the weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va.

During a Tuesday news conference, Trump said "there's blame on both sides" for the violence involving white nationalists and counter-protesters. A woman was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people who were protesting the white supremacist rally.

Barrett said Wednesday that every elected official at every level of government "has a moral responsibility to step forward and repudiate the words of the president of the United States."

“Mr. President, it’s not a white Constitution," Barrett said at a City Hall news conference. "We are not the white United States."

Barrett added that he was disappointed in the responses from Wisconsin Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker.

"I am disappointed," the Democrat said. "This is a time where you have to put partisanship aside, and you have to talk about what's right. This is not even a close call."

The mayor said white supremacists are not welcome in the City of Milwaukee.

"Hatred is acceptable nowhere," he said. "This nation that we all love is better than this. This nation is better than our president."