Dear Editor: I am a progressive. I’ve attended many protests. I’ve been on the Sauk City Bridge protesting the Iraq War and during the Scott Walker recall effort. Along with members of Indivisible Sauk Prairie, I’ve been on the bridge monthly to protest the policies and actions of President Trump. Many people show support by honking and giving the thumbs up. Others give the thumbs down and a few, angered and threatened by opposing opinions, use the middle finger.

During our September protest, I was shocked because for the first time, in my hometown, a few drivers passed by giving the Nazi salute. They were reacting to signs supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Dreamers it protects. White supremacists have been emboldened by President Trump’s weak denunciation of their racist movement. They supported Trump, a candidate who exploited racial divisions and bigotry. Some used the "sieg heil" at Trump rallies. Because Republicans failed to condemn this in their eagerness to win, white supremacists believe their ideas are gaining acceptance and that they will “Make America Great Again.”

Americans must prove them wrong. Neo-Nazis and white supremacists’ beliefs will never be acceptable if we stand together and say NO, NEVER AGAIN. My father is a 97-year-old WWII veteran. His generation already fought this hateful ideology. Now it seems we must fight it again here at home in the United States and, I’m saddened to say, in hometowns throughout Wisconsin. By resisting neo-Nazis and white supremacy, we protect the democratic values that truly make America great.

Betty Koehl

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