Thursday, July 14, 2016
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director atĀ [email protected]

DENVER: Responding to a Colorado Public Radio report today in which Colorado Republican Party chairman Steve House praised presidential candidate Donald Trump for running a “nationalist campaign,” ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on House to apologize for praising Trump’s unconscionable appeals to the lowest common denominator of American politics.

“For so many religious and cultural minority groups throughout history, ‘nationalism’ has been the battle cry of discrimination and violent oppression,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “With Donald Trump setting ugly new precedents every day with his divisive rhetoric and unconstitutional proposals to discriminate based on religion, for Steve House to proudly declare Trump’s campaign ‘nationalist’ is truly frightening. Either House didn’t understand what he was saying, or we are seeing a legitimization of xenophobia in America unlike anything seen in our lifetimes.”

“It’s a constant battle in today’s political climate to not let our rhetoric get out of control,” said Silverii. “To proudly lay claim to the ideology of ‘nationalism’ goes far beyond anything progressives could ever say about Donald Trump. Trump’s ‘nationalist’ campaign is the greatest domestic threat to American values since Joe McCarthy. Every American has an obligation to speak out against what he represents.”