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LANSING, Mich., August 16, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser issued the following statement regarding the deplorable and hateful actions of white supremacist groups in Charlottesville over the weekend, and the continued conversations regarding the violence:

“There is no place in our Party, our state, or our country for the vile and hateful words and actions of white supremacist groups. We know, through experience, that events like what occurred in Charlottesville can lead to, and I know it personally. My family members were murdered in Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp, during World War II. I have experienced the tragedy that comes with hate speech turned to action and we cannot, as a society, let this abhorrent behavior go unchecked.

“On Monday, I joined RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel in Detroit for a roundtable with African American voters. We had a great conversation about issues that matter to Detroiters and how the Republican Party can listen to concerns and deliver action on those concerns. I said then, and I will say again: the extremists who incited violence do not speak for me, nor do they speak for this Party. Together, we can fight against racism and hatred. We can talk with each other about what matters. If we do that, then we honor the best part of America. As I also said on Monday, in these difficult times, I offer an important and loving thought from an amazing man, Dr. Martin Luther King: ‘I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.‘”