Prince George’s County executive Rushern Baker is calling for President Donald Trump to resign after remarks the president made about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
On Tuesday, Trump declared again "there is blame on both sides" for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them.
Baker issued a statement, calling Trump’s comment doubling down on refusing to directly criticize the hate groups involved in Charlottesville.
"President of The United States Donald J. Trump is unfit to serve the people of our country and should resign, effective immediately. His equivocation on the incidents which transpired this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia is an affront to the promise of this nation, our World War II Veterans, the families of the Charlottesville victims, and every citizen past and present, and his actions have no place in the Oval Office.
“During these times of unnerving, regressive, divisive, heightened rhetoric, Americans of all creeds and colors have traditionally looked to the Presidency as a moral compass to guide our way through the morass and right the ship. Empathizing with the message and mission of organizations linked to a bloody legacy of domestic terrorism, racist attacks, and anti-Semitic violence leaves too many citizens of this great nation with no confidence that their President honors or understands the responsibility of the office, or can assure application of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
“Regretfully, as a citizen, and as an elected representative of over 900,000 Marylanders who come from all over the world, who are veterans of foreign wars, who have struggled for civil rights, who have participated in suffrage movements, and who love peace and prosperity, I contend we have gone far enough under President Trump and that he should resign for the good of the nation."
Baker is also a Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland.