WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President of the United States drew a moral equivalency between violent white supremacist protesters and activists who stood up for equality and racial justice in Charlottesville by placing blame on "both sides." In response, Emily Cain, executive director of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
"The president is wrong. He has again failed to hold those who perpetuate hate and racism accountable for the violence they incite. Donald Trump's behavior is a dark stain on our country's history.
"Thankfully, women across this country are standing up to condemn this bigotry and celebrate our nation's diversity--unlike this president, who has sought to demonize and marginalize whole communities based only on their race and religion."
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILY’s List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.