Op-Ed: Washington state Republican chair responds to Charlottesville

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Susan Hutchison, Chair of the Washington state Republican party, issued the following statement:

The event in Charlottesville called “Unite the Right” was a White Supremacist and neo-Nazi protest march and had nothing to do with the Republican Party. Republicans will never “unite” with these extremists and their views.

I am a co-sponsor of this RNC resolution which denounces these extremist organizations and also explains the historical record of Republicans against racism. Please read it here.

It came to light yesterday, that one participant at the march was the President of College Republicans at WSU. While the Republican Party has no authority over the organization called College Republicans (CR), I promptly contacted their national and state offices with this message:

Swift action is required against James Allsup, the President of CR-WSU who marched in the “Unite the Right” event this weekend. His videos were repulsive and do not represent the values and standards of the Republican Party. I call on you to denounce his actions and affiliations with all white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.

Allsup resigned late yesterday. It should be noted that in a news report Sunday, Allsup did not claim to be a Republican but instead a “paleo-conservative” or “right wing libertarian”.

The Democrats and leftists in our state hope to tie this ugly episode to the Republican party, our elected officials and candidates. Instead, we will use their attacks as an opportunity to affirm our Party’s stand against racism and bigotry.


Chairman Susan Hutchison
Washington State Republican Party
WSRP on Facebook


Anonymous,  August 16, 2017 at 7:18 AM  


It took you awhile to recognize Allsup was out of step with your party. There were many complaints about him over the years. Nice try.

Anonymous,  August 16, 2017 at 11:42 AM  

Now that President Trump has doubled-down on his alt right comments yesterday, we should remember how fervently Susan Hutchinson defended him last fall.

Anonymous,  August 17, 2017 at 7:10 AM  

she is 100% correct in this.

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