Scheer silent as Canadian leaders condemn Charlottesville attack

By Amy Chen

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer has so far failed to condemn the attack in Charlottesville, where a suspected white supremacists rammed a car into a crowd holding a counterprotest against a neonazi rally killing one person and injuring 19, even as other Canadian leaders took to social media to condemn the violence.

“We know Canada isn’t immune to racist violence & hate,” Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau posted on social media. “We condemn it in all its forms & send support to the victims in Charlottesville.”

“We have to speak out against the rise of right wing violence and hate rhetoric” Charlie Angus, who is leading the race for NDP leadership, said. “Donald Trump has disgraced the office of the president with his politics of blame, racism and fear. Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer has called out Trump for the brutal violence in his community.”

Andrew Scheer, who has posted on social media since the incident about cutting taxes and about a speech given at the Economic Club of Canada, have so far not condemned the attack in Charlottesville.

Critics are also pointing out that Andrew Scheer’s campaign director is the founder of The Rebel Media, which stand accused of being sympathetic towards the white supremacists, and whose supporters have come out justifying the attack in Charlottesville.

“While The Rebel continues to give positive coverage to those currently marching with nazi flags in Charlottesville, it’s important to note that one of the founders of The Rebel, Hamish Marshall, was also the campaign director for Andrew Scheer’s leadership bid for the Conservative Party, and is now running Brian Jean’s campaign for the UCP in Alberta,” Dwayne Ellis said. “Make no mistake, these are the people of the alt-right, and though they may not be waving the flags themselves, they provide media support and a voice in government for those who have such extreme views.”

4 Responses to Scheer silent as Canadian leaders condemn Charlottesville attack

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s Scheer stupidity to think that he would alienate his base.

  2. Brent Tomlin says:

    I am not a Conservative fan but he did tweet on August 13 and condemned the violence and racism.

    • Elle Joraco says:

      I was thinking the same thing Brent. As much as I absolutely do not like Scheer, he did tweet on the 13th (and literally used the word condemn).

  3. bill says:

    Andrew Scheer‏Verified account @AndrewScheer Aug 13
    Conservatives condemn these acts of racism, violence and hatred. Prayers are with victims, their families, and people of #Charlottesville.
    189 replies 332 retweets 916 likes
    Reply 189 Retweet 332 Like 916 Direct message

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