United States: Extremism — and the Failure to Condemn It — Weakens Democracy

Washington

In response to demonstrations by white supremacist groups, the violence in Charlottesville, VA, and President Trump’s equating neo-Nazis with demonstrators protesting racism, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Extremism, the failure to recognize it, and the failure to unambiguously condemn it are threats to our democracy,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “Our government, including the president, should display no tolerance for white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other proponents of hate and bigotry. The success of our democracy depends on restraint and on respect for norms by leaders — and that has been lacking. If the United States is to live up to its principles, and to inspire other nations, our leaders must not fail to denounce those who espouse hatred.”

The United States is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2017, Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, and Free in Freedom on the Net 2016.

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