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Dave Brat Compares Concerned Constituents at His Town Hall Meeting to Violent White Supremacist Prot

August 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, is calling out Virginia Congressman Dave Brat's disgusting and craven attempts to compare concerned constituents at his town hall to the perpetrators of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. 

“It is disgusting that Dave Brat would compare the outrage of his own constituents over his vote to rip health care away from millions of Americans to the racist white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville this weekend,” said EMILY's List Executive Director Emily Cain. “Instead of using his platform to call for healing after a deeply horrifying weekend of violence, Dave Brat somehow thought it would be appropriate to whine about his own unpopularity. Concerned families are in no way comparable to neo-Nazi assaults on our nation's diversity. This type of warped thinking is precisely why Virginians will vote Dave Brat out of Congress in November.”

On CNN, when asked whether he believed it was important for the president to call out white supremacists, Brat responded, “I got a taste at my town hall. So, yes to your question. But, I got yelled at by 700 people swearing at me — and no call out from the media about, you know, to my senators who are Democrats in my state to say, hey, do you condone the hatred — 700 leftists, not Democrats. Far left. Booed the preacher when we prayed at the opening. Yelled at me, swore at me. And, never a statement, you know, from the governor or my Democrat friends on that.” 

On Fox News, Brat again used an interview about the horrific attacks in Charlottesville to ​complain that his constituents are rightly outraged about the president's rampant sexism and his willingness to destroy their health care, saying, “The hard left came out and the Women's March. And, I was getting caustic comments. I got booed at my town hall by 700 people. They booed the preacher when he prayed. They booed everything, right? So, there's these hard-edged elements.”

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