Emails show top VA diversity official was told not to condemn Charlottesville vi
Emails show top VA diversity official was told not to condemn Charlottesville violence
BY MORGAN GSTALTER – 12/05/18 09:34 PM EST
A top Trump appointee at the Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly told the agency’s chief diversity officer not to condemn white supremacists after the violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., according to new emails obtained by The Washington Post on Wednesday.
Georgia Coffey, a VA senior executive, pushed the agency to issue a statement condemning the “repugnant display of hate and bigotry by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan,” according to the emails from August 2017.
Her pressure came after Trump blamed “both sides” for the deadly clash at the rally between white supremacists and counter-protesters. One woman died and dozens more were injured.
Coffey, a nationally known expert on workplace diversity and race relations, shared a draft of her remarks with the public affairs office just days after the rally. Her prepared statement called Charlottesville “a tragic reminder that our work in civil rights and inclusion is not finished.”HubHeaver, jwirr like this
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