A Joint Statement from Prominent Republicans, Democrats and Independents

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National Institute for Civil Discourse Board calls on President Trump to use Presidency to Unite, Not Divide

August 18, 2017 â Following President Trumpâs divisive comments on Tuesday, the National Advisory Board of the National Institute for Civil Discourse is calling on President Donald Trump to disavow white supremacist hate groups and use the office of the presidency find ways to bring Americans together.

Headquartered at the University of Arizona, the nonpartisan National Institute for Civil Discourse was established in the wake of the 2011 shooting at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffordsâs âCongress on Your Cornerâ event in Tucson. The organization, led by Executive Director Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, works to build civility among federal, state and local leaders nationwide.

The esteemed board, which includes former U.S. Senators Tom Daschle, Richard Lugar, Alan Simpson, and Olympia Snowe, urged Trump to commit to a pledge to reject white supremacist hate groups, build bridges to people who disagree with him, and commit to civility and respect that are part of the foundation of our democracy.

âAll Americans look to the President of the United States for leadership. Today, we call on President Donald Trump to explain clearly and unequivocally that he renounces white supremacist organizations, condemns hate speech, and pledges to use the office of the President of the United States to build bridges.

The president should lead our country in working to encourage civil discourse, fighting for equal rights, and demonstrating respectful behavior for all Americans. The president is expected to stand up for Americans of all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities and fight back against hate speech. The president should be unequivocal in categorically condemning violence and divisive hate groups and hate speech by white supremacist organizations.â

Members of the National Advisory Board include: Madeleine Albright, Tom Daschle, Kenneth Duberstein, Mickey Edwards, Kirk Emerson, Dan Glickman, Joe Goldman, Trey Grayson, Lee Hamilton, Joe Kalt, Jim Kolbe, Richard Lugar, Brint Milward, Jim Pitofsky, Robert Reich, Bill Richardson, Alice Rivlin, Scott Simon, Alan Simpson, Olympia Snowe, Greta Van Susteren, and Carolyn Lukensmeyer


About the National Institute for Civil Discourse:

The National Institute for Civil Discourse, is a non-profit, non-partisan institute based at the University of Arizona dedicated to addressing incivility and political dysfunction in American democracy by promoting structural and behavioral change. Informed by research, NICDâs programs are designed to create opportunities for elected officials, the media, and the public to engage different voices respectfully and take responsibility for the quality of our public discourse and effectiveness of our democratic institutions.