After Charlottesville, Unity Must Come Before All Else

If the events in Charlottesville, Virginia have revealed anything to me, it is that we are lacking any real efforts to unify our country.

No political party has undertaken the awesome responsibility of unifying our country.

Instead, our political leaders, political parties, and even the media have chosen to pursue their own paths and ignore our nation’s dire need for unity.

To be clear, I am not seeking the extreme-right white supremacists or the Antifa protesters from Charlottesville to serve as these unifying figures.

Instead, this responsibility must be undertaken by the leaders that we have elected to serve us, and by the media industry whose job it is to engage the public through enlightened discourse.

I strongly agree that President Trump’s statements setback this cause by attempting to draw moral equivalence between the protesters from both sides.

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 15: President Donald Trump delivers remarks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. Standing alongside him from L to R, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. He fielded questions from reporters about his comments on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and white supremacists. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

To be sure, I strongly condemn those white supremacists whose violence and intimidation in Charlottesville led to the deaths of three Americans.

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If the events in Charlottesville, Virginia have revealed anything to me, it is that we are lacking any real efforts to unify our country.

No political party has undertaken the awesome responsibility of unifying our country.

Instead, our political leaders, political parties, and even the media have chosen to pursue their own paths and ignore our nation’s dire need for unity.

To be clear, I am not seeking the extreme-right white supremacists or the Antifa protesters from Charlottesville to serve as these unifying figures.

Instead, this responsibility must be undertaken by the leaders that we have elected to serve us, and by the media industry whose job it is to engage the public through enlightened discourse.

I strongly agree that President Trump’s statements setback this cause by attempting to draw moral equivalence between the protesters from both sides.

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 15: President Donald Trump delivers remarks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. Standing alongside him from L to R, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. He fielded questions from reporters about his comments on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and white supremacists. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

To be sure, I strongly condemn those white supremacists whose violence and intimidation in Charlottesville led to the deaths of three Americans.

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