Republican committee leaders in Northern Virginia last week sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden demanding an apology after he accused Republicans of wanting to put Americans "back in chains."
In the letter, GOP chairmen of the 8th, 10th, and 11th Congressional Districts and those of Loudoun, Prince William, and Fairfax Counties requested that Biden issue an apology for the remarks, which he made during a campaign speech in Danville, VA.
"The Republican Party, in stark contrast to your latest comments, remains a party committed to the rights of all Americans,” the chairmen wrote. “The party of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and the party that fought against slavery and for civil rights for all Americans, continues to be the party of inclusiveness and the defender of individual rights. We will continue to stand firm against the politics of division that your remarks so unfortunately symbolize."
The six men who signed the letter included John Whitbeck, a Lansdowne resident who serves as the Republican 10th Congressional District chairman, and Mark Sell, chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee.
"We demand an immediate and public apology for these remarks, both to African-Americans, Republicans or otherwise, who have made such tremendous strides in fighting for equality, and to all other Americans who have dedicated themselves to the cause of unity and equal opportunity across our nation, including the citizens of Northern Virginia," the letter stated.
The full list of chairman who signed the letter, which is attached, include:
- Michael Ginsberg, chairman, Republican 8th Congressional District
- John Whitbeck, chairman, Republican 10th Congressional District
- Terry Wear, chairman, Republican 11th Congressional District
- Jay McConville, chairman Fairfax County Republican Committee
- Mark Sell, chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee
- Bill Card, Prince William County Republican Committee