U.S. Rep. Andy Barr’s most recent newsletter was disappointing. Constituents had asked him to speak out against President Donald Trump’s remarks after the events in Charlottesville, Va.
Barr said: “In these difficult times, I pray that our leaders help to heal and unite; that they unequivocally repudiate racism, bigotry and hate; that they also resist the divisive pull of political correctness …”
Merriam-Webster defines politically correct as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.”
Barr’s statement itself is an example of the political correctness he decries. He attempts not to offend either the president (Barr doesn’t even refer to Trump’s remarks) or the people who think racism is a non-issue.
Barr needs to be honest. If he was disturbed by Trump’s remarks, as were the vast majority of us, he should say so. If he wasn’t, then he should say that. Will he continue his politically correct statements while other, more courageous, Republican leaders firmly repudiate Trump’s support of white nationalist groups? Let us hear an unequivocal statement from Barr.
Melissa Bane Sevier