HAMBURG, N.Y. – Congressional Candidate Nate McMurray responded today to President Donald Trump’s Twitter endorsement of Chris Jacobs in light of the current calls for justice and reform in this country.
“A murder was committed by a police officer on video for all the world to see. When a crime is committed like the death of George Floyd and justice isn’t served the result is lawlessness; we can’t condone lawlessness whether it’s committed by our police officers or by rioters. But I fear we are missing the larger picture; millions of peaceful protesters have come together to call for reform to our broken justice system that devalues people based solely upon the color of their skin. These voices must be heard or we will all continue to suffer. If we want the burning to stop, we need to listen, we need to reform, we need to be more focused on peace than violence.” Nate McMurray said.
Nate McMurray said, “Chris Jacobs’ and Beth Parlato’s blind support of Trump’s violent rhetoric only hurts the cause of justice and peace, and I am calling on them to show the courage necessary to ask the President to focus on compassion, healing and justice. We need to bring this country together, not divide it further. But don’t just take my word for it, hear what other Republicans across this Country are saying.”
“Justice must be served for the murder of George Floyd. In this tragedy, two things can be true at once. People’s voices and frustrations must always be allowed to be heard in our free society but rioting is never acceptable. Those responsible for this murder must face justice but we recognize that vast majority of our law enforcement officers are honorable men and women who have a true public servant at heart, said Congressman Tom Reed.
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik called on the President to address the public about George Floyd’s death and police brutality, “Whether that’s an oval office address or some form of providing a message to the American people that we grieve together, but also the importance of the rule of law.”
“The country is looking for healing and calm. And I think the president needs to project that in his tone. He masters that sometimes,” said Senate Majority Whip John Thune. “That’s the tone he needs to strike right now.”
Senator Tim Scott said, “But obviously, if your question is, should you use tear gas to clear a path so the President can go have a photo-op, the answer is no.”