While I appreciate our state's lawmakers denouncing the hatred and racism in Virginia ("Lawmakers Denounce Violence in Virginia," Aug. 13), for them to make these statements at this time is more than a little disingenuous.
These same lawmakers have repeatedly either voiced support or declined to voice opposition to the campaign and rhetoric of President Donald Trump. There can be no reasonable doubt that the rise of visible and violent white supremacist movements is linked to the rise of Trumpism. Yet Sen. Orrin Hatch in particular has vigorously defended Trump, dismissing all criticism of his vitriol and bigotry with phrases like "He's a character."
To try to stand with Trump and against what he stands for is hypocritical and self-defeating. You cannot serve two masters. It's time for Utah politicians to decide which side they're on.
West Valley City