Montgomery County Candidates Criticize Donald Trump’s Response to Charlottesville Protest
Following President Donald Trump’s recent statement on a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one woman dead and dozens injured, a few Democratic candidates running for the Montgomery County Council and a candidate running for the Maryland House of Delegates, held a news conference early Wednesday to denounce Trump’s statement.
During a news conference with reporters held in New York City earlier this week, Trump answered questions about Charlottesville and his response to the rally.
“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” he said.
Disappointed by his statement and “inability to call out white supremacy,” Montgomery County Council At-large candidates Brandy Brooks, Hoan Dang, Danielle Meitiv, and Chris Wilhelm joined District 20 Delegate candidate, Lorig Charkoudian, to criticize the president’s statement.
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Her campaign is focused on “social justice”
Brooks, a progressive activist and organizer, said she is running for County Council At-Large after talking to people in her community. Brooks, originally from Massachusetts and a member of the political advocacy group Progressive Maryland, said her campaign is focused on “social justice” to bring more equity to the County’s racial minority groups.
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“I’m running because I’m so excited to be working for a Montgomery County that works for all of us,” said Brandy H.M. Brooks, 40, of Wheaton. She said the county has abundant resources, which should be equitably shared by all.
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Brooks is running on a progressive agenda that includes providing better housing for those in need, improving public transport and increasing the wage. She said her run for office was inspired, in part, as a response to Trump’s victory, but that she also felt an obligation to show other people of color what was possible – and in doing so create the kind of diversity Sanders addressed in his speech.
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“As someone who is a progressive and a Democrat, I am deeply committed to correcting structural injustices,” Brooks said. “I’m going to focus on putting a lot more resources toward communities and individuals who have historically been excluded from a lot of the best benefits of our county because of their wealth and income levels, because of their race, their national origin or the first language they speak.”