Press release August 15, 2017
United States: Extremism — and the Failure to Condemn It — Weakens Democracy
Extremism, and the failure to recognize and unambiguously denounce it, pose threats to our democracy.
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.”