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Congressman Scott Perry Responds to Domestic Terrorism in Charlottesville, VA

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Washington, August 14, 2017 | comments
Congressman Perry offered the following statement in the wake of the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia:

"Thank you to Attorney General Jeff Sessions for launching a federal investigation into the reprehensible act of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville. I'm saddened and appalled for the families of Heather Heyer, Virginia State Police Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates. I condemn violence, racism and bigotry from all avenues - be it white supremacists, anti-fascists or any other group that perpetuates intolerance and hatred. We can disagree peacefully, and debate respectfully. As much as I have a visceral disdain for the goals/actions of any such organization, this is America. The First Amendment, however, does not mean freedom from accountability, and never warrants violence. Those who perpetrate such acts of violence – including the cowards responsible for Saturday’s attack – must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Intolerance and hatred is intolerance and hatred, period. As I said in my initial statement on Saturday, we must be united against bigotry and hatred in all forms and guises." 
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