President Trump In Vegas
On the 20th of September, 2018, the US President’s plane the Air Force 1 Landed President Trump in Las Vegas Nevada. Donald Trump asked voters many times throughout the speech to back Danny Tarkanian, a descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors.
Danny Tarkanian is a Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Nevada. Tarkanian had previously announced a run for Nevada’s U.S. Senate seat but dropped out of the race in March 2018 to run for the U.S. House at the request of Donald Trump.
Danny Tarkanian is an American businessman and attorney. He has started a real estate investment business and he has co-founded the Tarkanian Basketball Academy.
Tarkanian is married to Amy Hanson. The couple lives in Las Vegas and they have four children. In 2011, Amy Tarkanian was elected chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party, served about eight months, and resigned in February 2012 during her husband’s primary campaign.
Danny is the son of famous American UNLV Coach Jerry Tarkanian, who is the son of Armenian immigrants. Jerry was born in Euclid, Ohio in 1930. His mother, Rose, was a refugee of the Armenian Genocide during World War I. Tarkanian’s maternal grandfather, Mickael, was an Ottoman government official who was beheaded by Turkish authorities. Mickael’s son was also decapitated by the same authorities. Fearing for their lives, Rose and the rest of her siblings eventually escaped the Ottoman Empire and settled in Lebanon where Rose met George Tarkanian, an escapee of the Armenian Genocide. The couple married and moved to the United States. However, Jerry’s father died when he was 13.
By this time, Jerry showed his interest in sports, but his stepfather disapproved of his involvement with sports, while his mother encouraged him to pursue it. He initially attended Pasadena City College in California and played basketball at the college in the 1950–51 season. Tarkanian then transferred to Fresno State College, where he played basketball for the Bulldogs in the 1954–55 season as a backup guard. After graduating from Fresno State College in 1955, he earned a master’s degree in educational management from the University of Redlands.
Armenian Genocide Recognition
Danny has always honoured his Armenian ancestry and his Grandmother in particular, and has made the following statement on his personal site:
“Today, my family and I are observing a day of remembrance for the Armenian Genocide. Like so many other Armenian families affected by the tragedy, we are pausing to reflect on the stories told to us by previous generations of survivors. We are strengthened by their resolve, and we are inspired by the many who educate the public about the events that exterminated the lives of 1.5 million Armenians.
As the world’s beacon of freedom and justice, the United States government should lead by example and formally acknowledge it as a genocide. Our leaders must confront and speak truthfully about the horrors of the past in order to prevent another tragedy from occurring in the future.”
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Asking the US President to recognize the Armenian Genocide he adds, “To respect and memorialize the lives lost from my family and the families of millions of Armenians across the world, I ask President Trump and Congress to take this historic step forward. Recognition is long overdue.”
Quoting Pope Francis he finishes, “Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it.”