ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement on planned white supremacist demonstrations in Virginia and Washington, D.C.:

“Hate has no place in our society, and these white supremacists and the racism and bigotry they spew are not welcome in our state – today, this weekend, or ever. As we face this invasion of vile and perverted ideology infesting our region, we stand united in our conviction that a diverse and inclusive Maryland is a stronger Maryland.

“In Maryland, people of all backgrounds and beliefs can make a home, and this diversity is celebrated throughout our state. That will never change as long as I am governor.

“We stand ready to provide any needed assistance to our regional partners as they prepare to deal with the ramifications of these despicable rallies. I have directed state agencies, including the Maryland State Police, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, to coordinate efforts with their D.C. and Virginia counterparts to ensure the safety of all of our citizens.”

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today on the upcoming anniversary of the violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia and in advance of the planned Unite the Right rally in Washington, DC this weekend:

“This weekend, we mark the one-year anniversary of the vile and violent rally by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Alt-Right supporters in Charlottesville, Virginia. We remember Heather Heyer, who was murdered by these purveyors of terror while standing up for the values of our country. She was a patriot, like all those who stood at vigil in defense of the ideals of equality, tolerance, and opportunity that truly make America great.

“When President Trump dog-whistled to the hate-mongers and responded to the events in Charlottesville by blaming the ‘two sides,’ and claiming there were ‘some very fine people on both sides,’ he diminished our country and all it represents. Thousands of Americans died protecting our nation from fascism during the Second World War, and his seeming dismissal of the threat posed by neo-Nazis and white nationalists is heartbreaking to all families who lost loved ones or had loved-ones serve in that conflict. Now, a year later, he still has not apologized.

“As we mark this somber anniversary, let us recommit ourselves to the work of defending America’s ideals. Let us remember Heather Heyer and pay tribute to her and all those who showed courage in standing up against hatred. And let us never waver in our determination to ensure that the light of tolerance, justice, and unity shines upon every community across our land.”