Suozzi condemns Miller, graffiti at Holocaust Center

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U.S. Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) said he is sponsoring the Never Again Education act which provides teachers in the nation with the proper resources to educate students on the Holocaust and the consequences of hateful rhetoric and ideas. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Rep. Thomas Suozzi's office)

U.S. Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) called for the resignation of White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller last Tuesday following the released of leaked emails showing Miller’s promotion of white supremacist publications and ideas last Tuesday. 

The Southern Poverty Law Center distributed leaked emails Nov. 19 showing Miller had frequently shared articles from the alleged white supremacist sites AmRen and Vdare and corresponded with a Breitbart reporter for stories before joining President Donald Trump’s staff.

Suozzi condemned Miller and called for his resignation after the Southern Poverty Law Center’s reports.

“That there is someone in a senior position in the White House who would promote such hate, division, and worse, and use it as a basis for the dangerous policies we have seen from this administration is unacceptable,” Suozzi said. “Stephen Miller, and people who share his views, have no place in our government.”

This call follows reports of anti-Semitic graffiti at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center in Glen Cove.

The Holocaust center in Glen Cove said in a statement that it had been the victims of “ugly and racist” graffiti over the weekend Nov. 25.

Suozzi said that the rise of hate of America is of “enormous concern” to him and said that people like Miller have no legitimate place in American politics and are damaging to the nation.

“White nationalism, racism, and anti-Semitism in America are very real. It is a growing threat to our nation. We must rally together to combat hateful rhetoric and actions,” he said.

Suozzi was not the only local leader vocally condemning the hateful vandalism being joined by state Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso (D-Port Washington) who said he was “disheartened” with the news in a statement.

“The Holocaust and Memorial Centers mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach and to teach about the dangers of antisemitism, racism, bullying and all other manifestations of intolerance,” D’Urso said in a statement.

Suozzi said that it is more important now more than ever to promote  the “Never Again Education” act, which would create a new grant program at the U.S. Department of Education that would give teachers throughout the country “the resources and training necessary” to educate students on the Holocaust and the “horrific consequences” of hate and intolerance.

The bill has more than 290 cosponsors, Suozzi said.

“I will fight hate from my hometown to Washington D.C.,” Suozzi said. “ I have always, and will always, fight against hate and intolerance, and will promote legislation like The Never Again Act to combat it,” he said.

 

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