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Trump Fails to Deliver a Message of National Unity in Second State of The Union Address & Ignores Civil Rights

For Immediate Release February 5, 2019


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Tuesday responding to President Trump’s second State of the Union address:

“President Trump has spent the past two years unleashing policies that harm our nation’s vulnerable communities, including African Americans, Latinos, immigrants, and people of color. Under his tenure, the Justice Department has abandoned enforcement of many our federal civil rights laws and reversed course on voting rights, policing reform, fair lending, and more.

“President Trump continues to tout the need for a wall, his most prominent and ostentatious display of power, while promoting dangerous stereotypes about immigrants seeking refuge and a safe haven in the U.S. His silence regarding white supremacy, racial violence, bigotry and the spike in hate crimes faced by communities of color was truly deafening.

“Trump claims the union is strong but his actions, at every turn, have only divided the country, demonized communities of color, and promoted racial hostility.”


About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination.  Now in its 56th year, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is continuing its quest to “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and voting rights. Learn more at Lawyerscommittee.org.


Derrick Robinson, Director of Communications, [email protected], (202) 662-8317


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