Charlottesville, Virginia Mayor Michael Signer blamed President Trump for the violence and deadly attack in his city on Saturday.
Signer blamed President Trump for playing on our worst prejudices.
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Mayor Signer wrote a book praising James Madison who owned over a hundred slaves and the creator of the Three-Fifths Compromise.
Amazon’s review of a book on James Madison written by Mayor Signer, Charlottesville, VA reads: “Michael Signer takes a fresh look at the life of our fourth president. His focus is on Madison before he turned thirty-six, the years in which he did his most enduring work: battling with Patrick Henry—the most charismatic politician in revolutionary America, whose political philosophy and ruthless tactics eerily foreshadowed those of today’s Tea Party—over religious freedom; introducing his framework for a strong central government; becoming the intellectual godfather of the Constitution; and providing a crucial role at Virginia’s convention to ratify the Constitution in 1788, when the nation’s future hung in the balance. Signer’s young James Madison is a role model for the leaders so badly needed today.”
Note: Madison, who owned over 100 slaves, originated the Three-Fifths Compromise, which counted slaves as three fifths of a person for the purposes of taxation and legislative representation.
On Sunday, August 13, 2017 CBS Face the Nation, the Mayor had this exchange the host John Dickerson:
DICKERSON: “Mr. Mayor, the president said that he wanted to know what was going on in Charlottesville and that we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country, he said. What’s your answer to that?”
SIGNER: “You know, I don’t want to make this too much about Donald Trump, we have a lot of grieving, a lot of work to do as a– as a city and as a country, but he should look in the mirror. I mean, he made a choice in his presidential campaign, the folks around with him, to, you know, go right to the gutter, to play on our worst prejudices. And I think you are seeing a direct line from what happened here this weekend to those choices. He has the opportunity, as do we all, to have a fresh beginning.”