Political Notes — Trump’s guy in Georgia issues a stronger statement than Trump

[private]Donald Trump has been widely criticized for not condemning the white nationalist violence that resulted in at least one death and numerous injuries in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

The president has also been embraced by white nationalists and Neo-Nazis because of his refusal in a Sunday statement to put any distance between himself and those extremist groups.

You’d expect Trump’s most fervent Georgia supporter, state Sen. Michael Williams (R-Cumming), to fall in line with Trump on this matter, but Williams had a surprise in store Monday morning — he actually issued a strong statement condemning the white nationalists:

We are all shocked and saddened by the acts of domestic terrorism we witnessed in Charlottesville last week. This is not who we are as a nation. I strongly condemn the actions of Vanguard America; their message of white supremacy, and their use of bigotry and hatred to divide our citizens. My condemnation is not limited to Vanguard, but also hateful racists such as Richard Spenser and his followers. It’s a sad day when the mainstream media gives them a platform to spew hate and spread division in this great nation. Now is the time for Americans to stand together and fight against beliefs that undermine our society.

As a Christians, God calls on us to love our neighbors as we do ourselves. He does not set conditions upon which neighbors we should love.

Join me in prayer for those who lost their life due to hatred this past week. And for everyone who has suffered at the hands of bigotry. All patriotic citizens must have the strength to stand up to those who wish to divide our nation by racial lines. There is much to be done to heal our nation, our state, and our neighborhoods. That work begins in our hearts and minds.”

That’s an amazing statement from Williams, a Republican candidate for governor, who heretofore has supported nearly every statement and action of the Trump presidency.

Strickland wants to move up

Rep. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough) will try to move on up to the state Senate, announcing in a Facebook posting that he will run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-McDonough), a candidate for lieutenant governor.

Strickland, an attorney serving his third term in the House, may be picking an opportune time to run for the Senate. His district has been trending more Democratic in recent election cycles, despite efforts to gerrymander it by the House leadership.

Deal suspends sheriff

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Monday that suspends Walton Count Sheriff Joe Chapman from office for 30 days because of his involvement in a 2016 barroom brawl in Carrabelle, Fla. He was charged with battery following an altercation, a charge that was later reduced to disorderly conduct.

A special investigative committee appointed by Deal had already recommended Chapman’s suspension. The suspension starts Wednesday.

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Tags: Brian Strickland , Joe Chapman , Michael Williams , white nationalists