Brooks denounces neo-Nazis, white supremacists; looks ahead to next session
Charlottesville, tax reform, and the opioid crisis were a few of the topics discussed by Rep. Susan Brooks at a combined Zionsville and Westfield Chamber of Commerce event at the Indianapolis Executive Airport on Thursday, Aug. 17.
Brooks is a Republican who represents Indiana’s 5th Congressional District which includes Zionsville. As a whole, she represents the north side of Indianapolis as well as northern and eastern suburbs and rural counties — Grant, Madison, Tipton and Hamilton counties and parts of Blackford, Boone, Howard and Marion counties.
She was first elected to Congress in 2013.
Brooks opened by addressing demonstrations on Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia that turned violent, leading to the death of a 32-year-old woman who was run over and two Virginia state troopers who died in a helicopter crash.
“This has been a very difficult week so far in our country,” she said. “In case people think I haven’t been clear enough, I want to be a little clearer. I absolutely denounce and detest neo-Nazism, white supremacists, and any of those groups.”
Brooks said in an Aug. 16 tweet in response to Charlottesville that, “White supremacy groups ... neo-Nazis and the KKK are despicable, un-American, and they do not represent our nation’s values. As leaders, we must work to bring this country together. There is no place for bigotry, racism or violence in our great nation.”
After some push-back on her response time, Brooks said, “I have to tell you, on social media, it gets a little tough. If you don’t say enough, if you don’t say it strong enough, if you don’t say it fast enough, people think you don’t believe those things.”
She was pleased that protests in Indianapolis were peaceful, she said.
“I think it’s important that we who live in credible communities like Zionsville, Westfield, Hamilton County and Boone County and have the many blessings we have, also remember there are many in our communities that don’t have those blessings,” she continued.