The architect of a downtown Cincinnati hotel said he is planning to sue President Donald Trump over remarks he made about the white nationalist rally that killed nine people.
In a letter to the President, Norman Brinkley said he was “disappointed” by Trump’s comments about Charlottesville and said the president’s “repeated attempts to distance himself from his predecessors’ history” and his lack of commitment to the nation’s history were hurting the city and “tarnishing” the nation.
Brinkley’s letter, obtained by the Cincinnati Enquirer, was first reported by ABC News.
It says the president had “shown an utter lack of respect for our country and its history” while blaming white supremacists for the violence in Charlottesville.
Brinksley says Trump has not been honest with him since the inauguration and that he believes the president “will continue to lie to the American people” for the foreseeable future.
“We believe this is an intentional effort to delegitimize and tarnish our city, the country, and our president,” Brinkleys letter said.
Brackley has worked on a number of Trump projects, including the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Washington, D.C., and Trump’s controversial Trump National Golf Club in Maryland.
In his letter, Brinkys said he had been offered the chance to work on the Trump National Convention Center, but had declined.
He said he wants to “bring to light the truth about the Charlottesville riots, the violent white supremacist groups, and the white supremacist organizations who perpetrated those crimes.”
Brinkleys father, Frank Brinkyn, said in a statement that his son “truly believes in our country, in the American dream, and in the values we all share.”
Brackleys letter comes just days after the White House released a statement in which Trump said the “violence in Charlottesville was an affront to the memory of all those who lost their lives.”
Trump’s statement said “many sides” were to blame for the rioting, including white nationalists, counterprotesters and counterprotester groups.
The statement also said he does not believe it is appropriate to blame the violence on “many” groups.
The president also said on Twitter that the violence “represents a sad day for our great country.”