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Former Rep. Gibson criticizes Trump's Charlottesville response

Aug 18, 2017 3:45 pm
Former Rep. Chris Gibson writes an op-ed in The Poughkeepsie Journal that begins, "Things are definitely not OK." Gibson wrote, "in the aftermath of Charlottesville we needed President Trump to provide moral clarity. He needed to speak to the nation in clear terms that while Americans have freedom of thought and expression, we as a people categorically condemn neo-Nazi and Klansmen values and completely reject their racist schemes. President Trump’s appearance of defending the gathering of racist organizations, who only days earlier openly chanted anti-Semitic and Nazi verses as they marched with torches throughout Charlottesville, has emboldened them." Gibson closes, "without leadership, this will not get better. In fact, it’s likely to get worse, and possibly much so." Current Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) did not criticize President Trump at an event in Dutchess County Aug. 16, but did criticize the president in an email answer to a question from a reporter from The Daily Freeman. Gibson's full op-ed is in The Poughkeepsie Journal.