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Ally Miller: 'I am WHITE - and proud of it! No apologies necessary'

Responding to comments about President Donald Trump's initial platitudes about the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller said Saturday, "I'm sick and tired of being hit for being white....It is all about making us feel like we need to apologize. I am WHITE - and proud of it! No apologies necessary."

Miller commented on a Facebook thread following news reports of the fatal attack Saturday, in which a Charlottesville woman was killed and more than a dozen others injured when a white supremacist allegedly drove his car into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters. That Ohio man faces a murder charge, Virginia authorities said.

The Facebook post, by unsuccessful former GOP mayor candidate Shaun McClusky, was a share a Politico report on Trump's remarks earlier in the day. The president's vague condemnation of "hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides" was blasted by many, including a number of prominent Republicans.

"Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism," said U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).

"We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home," said U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Arizona's GOP senators joined their colleagues in repudiating the neo-Nazi factions, with U.S. Sen. John McCain saying we must "defy those who raise the flag of hatred and bigotry."

"White supremacists and neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special," McCain said.

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"The #WhiteSupremacy in #Charlottesville does not reflect the values of the America I know," U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake tweeted. "Hate and bigotry have no place in this country."

Prominent "alt-right" organizers welcomed Trump's mealy-mouthed initial statement, with Nazi website the Daily Stormer remarking that "Trump comments were good. He didn't attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate ... on both sides! So he implied the antifa are haters. There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all. He said he loves us all. Also refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him. No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him."

While national security advisor H.R. McMaster called the fatal attack "terrorism" on Sunday, Trump made no further remarks the day after the incident, but a number of aides said they condemned white Nazi groups. A White House staffer "who requested anonymity and ignored attempts to go on the record" said that "of course" Trump's remarks had included neo-Nazi groups.

Miller's comments were part of a brief Facebook thread, which included a comment from Latino activist DA Morales, who noted that Trump's response did not "directly address white supremacy."

"That is vague AF and could be used in any situation. Why not use the term 'white supremacy'" just like he boasts about using the term 'Islamic terrorism'?," Morales asked.

Rather than taking the opportunity to condemn the alleged killing of a woman by an white supremacist and express sympathy for the other victims, Miller instead seemed to take personal offense at the phrase "white supremacy."

Miller's statement followed a handful of comments, and several hours, later, after 6 p.m.

The Republican county supervisor did not respond to queries from reporters about her statement.

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Aug 16, 2017, 11:09 pm
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Ally Miller now wears a perpetual scowl. How sad. In a turn on Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, The Portrait of Dorian Grey, in which the hidden portrait of a handsome but corrupt gentleman gets progressively uglier with each offence he commits, perhaps somewhere there is hidden a portrait of Miller getting progressively lovelier, because it is portraying all the good and right things she could be doing if she wasn’t so into being a wretch. It’s even smiling.

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Aug 13, 2017, 8:40 pm
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Continues to confirm what a nut job she is.

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