White supremacy is on the rise in America–from an alarming online presence on sites like 8chan and Gab to gatherings at Charlottesville and other neo-Nazi rallies to outright violence. The FBI currently lists hate crimes as “the highest priority” of its U.S. Civil Rights arm. In only 8 years, 175 people have been killed in explicit, high-profile white supremacist attacks. On Saturday, white supremacy claimed the lives of 22 individuals at an El Paso Walmart, one of the safest towns in the country.
The GOP has turned a blind eye to the white supremacist undercurrents in its base for too long. Too many of our representatives are writing off the El Paso shooting as yet another untraceable act of senseless violence by a disaffected American, blaming anything from mental illness to video games. However, a few have named and condemned the El Paso shooting for what it truly was.
SUR has compiled a list of these responsible Republican leaders, state and federal level alike, below. The statements are ordered chronologically by the statement’s proximity to the shooting. Check back for regular updates:
White supremacy is on the rise in America–from an alarming online presence on sites like 8chan and Gab to gathering sat Charlottesville and other neo-Nazi rallies to outright violence. The FBI currently lists hate crimes as “the highest priority” of its U.S. Civil Rights arm. In only 8 years, 175 people have been killed in explicit, high-profile white supremacist attacks. On Saturday, white supremacy claimed the lives of 22 individuals at an El Paso Walmart, one of the safest towns in the country.
George P. Bush, 8/3/19 9:55 PM
Texas Land Commissioner
Asa Hutchinson, 8/4/19 9:32 AM
As a federal prosecutor I saw the evil of white supremacy. Its influence diminished but now we see a resurgence. In El Paso, there are two stories: the evil of the shooter & the love & help of the city. America must embrace El Paso’s compassion & collectively rebuke this evil.
— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) August 4, 2019
Ted Cruz, 8/4/19 1:53 PM
United States Senator, Texas
We must speak clearly to combat evil in any form it takes. What we saw yesterday was a heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy. There is no place for this in El Paso, in Texas, or anywhere across our nation.
We are all Americans and we are all standing united with El Paso.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 4, 2019
Dan Crenshaw, 8/4/19 2:03 PM
United States Congressman, Texas-02
White supremacy has no place in this world. Violence inflicted because of someone’s race or ethnicity is vile, repulsive, and one of the worst evils we face. It must end.
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) August 4, 2019
Will Hurd, 8/4/19 10:30 AM
United States Congressman, Texas-23
This El Paso shooting was an act of terrorism based on hate. I joined my colleagues to pass a background check bill to prevent guns from getting in the wrong hands, but civil society also can help. If you see something on social media, send a screenshot to local law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/JySiBfttEg
— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 4, 2019
Cory Gardner 8/4/19 4:14 PM
United States Senator, Colorado
Based on information from law enforcement, the shooter in El Paso was motivated by xenophobia and this is a case of domestic terrorism. There’s no place for bigoted white supremacy in our nation.
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 4, 2019
John McCollister, 8/4/19 8:49 PM
State Senator, Nebraska
The Republican Party is enabling white supremacy in our country. As a lifelong Republican, it pains me to say this, but it’s the truth.
I of course am not suggesting that all Republicans are white supremacists nor am I saying that the average Republican is even racist.
— Senator McCollister (@SenMcCollister) August 5, 2019
Mitt Romney, 8/4/19 8:52 PM
United States Senator, Utah
The nation has witnessed senseless loss of life from recent mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy. My statement: pic.twitter.com/3XhcfV3fmK
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) August 5, 2019
Jim Banks, 8/4/19 11:09 AM
United States Congressman, Indiana-03
I deployed to Afghanistan as a response to radical Islamic terrorism. We now face a different enemy that has also emerged from the shadows but demands the same focus and determination to root out and destroy. #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism should be named, targeted and defeated.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) August 4, 2019
Rob Portman, 8/4/19 5:30 PM
United States Senator, Ohio
We’re also thinking about everyone in El Paso, where a horrific domestic terrorist attack happened yesterday. As I’ve said many times, there is no place in America for hatred, bigotry or white nationalism.
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) August 4, 2019
Tim Scott, 8/5/19 2:29 PM
South Carolina Senator
White nationalism is domestic terrorism and has no place in America. It is fundamentally against all that we have worked for, antithetical to the American creed, and is a stain on our national identity.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) August 5, 2019
John Curtis, 8/5/19 3:18
United States Congressman, Utah-03
We should all feel emboldened to condemn extremism within our own borders, to call out hate, and to take on the insidious influence of white supremacy with the same fervor we attack all other forms of terrorism. #utpol
Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/yNeNDDlRpY
— Rep. John Curtis (@RepJohnCurtis) August 5, 2019
Darin LaHood, 8/5/19 7:32 pm
United States Congressman, Illinois-18
White nationalism, racism, and bigotry have no place in our country and we must stand united against this hate following the acts of terror in El Paso and Dayton. The individual responsible for the terror in El Paso should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
— Darin LaHood (@RepLaHood) August 5, 2019