Trump Disbands Councils as CEO’s Flee, Syracuse Mayor Miner Issues Statement of Support on Charlottesville, DeFranscisco Disappoints

Katko: “we must unite to reject bigotry, racism, and white supremacy in the strongest way possible” Trump Disbands Councils as CEO’s Flee

Over 400 people gathered in Downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square, using the Jerry Rescue statue as a backdrop to protest the violence that occurred at the, Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Local activists at the well-attended protest at Clinton Square, in downtown Syracuse

A mosaic of humanity armed with signs of peace and love and there were those more direct signs, projecting the anger and angst that was on full display at the protest.   From the very young to the very old, this hastily scheduled event planned by the local chapter of Black Lives Matters was an example of peaceably addressing grievances. In this case it’s a President of the United States vacillating between positions when giving remarks regarding what happened on Friday and Saturday nights when the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi’s and other gathered to protest the removal of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue. The removal was voted on by the local City Council to have it removed.

The irony of history is that after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee was in the forefront asking his supporters to rally around and unite a nation.

Apparently, on Monday the President had a change of heart when he stopped in the lobby of Trump Tower and gave a series of remarks that had White House observers in shock. Former presidential adviser David Gergen says President Donald Trump “needs to deal with the hatred in his own heart,” after President Trump condemned racist groups two days after deadly unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia         Nicolle Wallace former Press Secretary with the Bush administration and current MSNBC political analyst said,” Who resigns over this?”

Merck CEO Ken Frazier with President Trump

The presidents manufacturing council has shrunk by six members since Monday when the CEO of Merck Pharmaceuticals resigned sighting president Trumps actions in a statement Kenneth Frazier of Merck (MRK) said: “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.”

“Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville,” CEO of Campbell Soup Co., Denise Morrison said. “I believe the President should have been — and still needs to be — unambiguous on that point.”  Inge Thulin, the chief executive of 3M, quit Trump’s manufacturing council an hour before Morrison. This is in addition to the CEOs of Merck, Under Armour and Intel, two leaders of the AFL-CIO and the president of a manufacturing industry group.

After that, the group totaling 8 chief executives including representatives from Intel, Armor, AFL-CIO decided to dance the Conga off the advisory board. Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday that he was disbanding both groups, as it became clear CEOs were fleeing him.

Nationally, representatives from both parties expressed their outrage.

Local reaction

Sen. John DeFrancisco

Locally, Sen. John DeFranscisco came out on Monday morning in a radio interview supporting Donald Trump and white Supremacists claim that as Trump said, “On both sides, many people on both sides”. This stunned long-time supporters of the New York State Senator. His comments appear to follow a pattern that’s appeared in responding to the “Unite the Right” Rally and its horrific aftermath. It’s called “False Equivalence” a logical misconception in which two opposing opinions appear to be logically equivalent when in fact they are not. Sen. DeFrancisco claim of equivalence doesn’t stand because the similarity is based on oversimplification or ignorance.

DeFrancisco is engaging in perpetuating this “False Equivalence” by comparing the Berkley incident to the Unite the Right Rally. The Unite the Right Rally was an assembly designed to put their hate on public display.

Publically supporting Trump’s incendiary comments will certainly endear him to state Republican Party officials, looking for a challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Congressman John Katko released a statement repudiating the events in Charlottesville, “I’ve closely followed the violence in Charlottesville this weekend and am appalled and deeply saddened by these abysmal acts of hatred.  The intolerance displayed this weekend is contradictory to the core freedoms and values that this nation was built upon.  As Americans, we must unite to reject bigotry, racism, and white supremacy in the strongest way possible.  My heart is with all of those affected in Charlottesville and across this great country.”

Rep. John Katko (NY-24)

After President Trumps reversal on Monday afternoon, today Wednesday August 16, 2017 a day after Trumps reversal, Congressman Katko released another statement, “As I stated this weekend, and again yesterday, there is absolutely no place in public discourse for racism, bigotry, or white supremacy. President Trump should outright condemn these words and actions, under all circumstances.”

In the meantime, a robust 2 hour rally was taking place in Clinton Square; there were some political leaders there to lend their support to the anti-hate themes of the rally.

Congressman John Katko was this first local official to issue a statement, immediately after President Donald trump appeared to be supportive of participants in the Unite the Right Rally.

 Mayor Miner Gives Statement of Support to Charlottesville, Virginia

Mayor Miner

Mayor Miner gave a statement to Channel 9 reflecting on the tragic events this past Saturday. “I was deeply saddened by the events that unfolded over this weekend in Charlottesville. My heart goes out to the families of Heather Heyer and the Virginia State Police Officers killed during these clashes. They were all true patriots who lived their values. Hate will never triumph here as long as we embrace our sacred American values. E Pluribus unum.”

Editors note: We were previously unaware of the Syracuse Mayors statement regarding Charlottesville, Virginia. A statement was made on channel 9, this update reflects the change in information. Since we are used to being alerted by Press Release, we were unaware of her comments until this afternoon we apologize for any confusion this may have caused regarding our Mayor’s commitment to social and economic justice.


Downtown Syracuse Anti-Trump support of Peace and Love protest at Clinton Square


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