Chamber leader and Trump advisor condemns muted response to Charlottesville terror attacks; calls firing needed step to “heal” racial divide
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Javier Palomarez, President & CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), who also serves Trump’s National Diversity Council, today issued the following statement regarding the administration’s response to the white supremacists’ march last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia:
“Denouncing white supremacy without equivocation and without reservation should have been a no-brainer for President Trump. Sadly, it seems clear that influential members of his administration were more worried about winning votes through dog whistles and winks and nods to the most evil elements of our society than in maintaining the moral authority of the presidency.
“The exodus of CEOs from the President’s advisory boards is perfectly understandable given the shallow, belated and feckless response to white supremacism and bigotry. The administration’s efforts to grow the American economy is now in peril because of the shameful pandering to bigotry. Many leaders of the Hispanic community have distanced themselves from this administration from the outset while I have tried to maintain some civil relationship with the administration in an attempt to push forward the priorities of our members. After the 2016 election, we committed to not only honoring its results but also stepping up to help the new administration grow our economy for the good of the American people, but the administration’s behavior makes continuing that role exceedingly difficult.
“Let’s be clear: the blame here ultimately resides with President Trump, but so too should the President’s chief strategist take responsibility for offering an attentive ear to racism and bigotry and his history of proudly cultivating the so-called ‘alt right.’ If the President wishes to maintain any credibility with the Hispanic community and other minority communities, he needs to purge his administration of all those who disparage diversity and inclusivity. Firing Steve Bannon is the first step — and a needed step to begin the process of healing the bad feelings this administration has engendered.”
About the USHCC
The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute over $668 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit ushcc.com. Follow the USHCC on Twitter @USHCC.