Virginia Democrats are taking a stand against racism by boycotting Donald Trump’s appearance in Jamestown today:
“We will not be attending any part of the commemorative session where Donald Trump is in attendance,” the Virginia House Democrats said on Twitter. https://t.co/3xl2gHki5A
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 30, 2019
The state Democratic legislative caucus and the Black Legislative Caucus both said Monday they would boycott the ceremony. The decision comes at a time when Trump has heighten racial tensions with a series of tweets critical of black lawmakers in Washington.
“We will not be attending any part of the commemorative session where Donald Trump is in attendance,” the Virginia House Democrats said on Twitter. “The current President does not represent the values that we would celebrate at the 400th anniversary of the oldest democratic body in the western world.
We're going to need a bigger irony meter. https://t.co/3E2AFfOgWR
— JWF (@JammieWF) July 30, 2019
Actually, we’re gonna need two. Because this is also a thing that’s happening:
The story of Virginia is rooted in the simultaneous pursuit of both liberty and enslavement. A true commemoration of the founding of our democracy requires us to examine how we have lived up to our ideals, or failed to do so.https://t.co/XgtXYdd63c
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) July 30, 2019
Standing at the place where the first representative assembly in the New World met 400 years ago, Gov. Ralph Northam called for “a full accounting” of the history of enslavement and disenfranchisement that accompanied the democracy founded here.
Northam, speaking in a memorial church built on the foundation of the building that housed the first meeting of the House of Burgesses, reminded a small but distinguished audience, “We have to remember who it included and who it did not.”
Ralph Northam said that. Ralph. Effing. Northam.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 30, 2019
Are you serious?
— Blueceltic (@JBoBeanie) July 30, 2019
— Jay Cost (@JayCostTWS) July 30, 2019
I notice nobody announced they were boycotting the appearance of this two-faced SOB. https://t.co/oah75i9oMw
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) July 30, 2019
Is this real life?
Are you “dressing up” for the event?
— Gilmore Tuttle (@BulldogsTuttle) July 30, 2019
Yes let's examine how we have lived up to that pic.twitter.com/reTd7Nkiu5
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) July 30, 2019
Tell us the story Coonman. pic.twitter.com/T6XQvPQswQ
— John Carlos (@TabbyMean) July 30, 2019
Coonman lectures Virginians on the evils of racism. https://t.co/OoOiBQeLq2
— Sam Valley (@SamValley) July 30, 2019
Racist says what? pic.twitter.com/K6agGvBeAy
— Just Wing It Baby! (@FanWingo) July 30, 2019
It’s almost like you are trying to put a new “ face” on Virginia politics
— Well mannered (@mannerlygamer) July 30, 2019
Coonman probably should sit this stuff out
— Long Island Failroad (@Driver11566) July 30, 2019