Trump Calls For an End to Violence in VA, But Doesn’t Condemn the White Supremacists

Anyone who thinks that white supremacists and the racism they espouse are a thing of the past can officially STFU. On Saturday a “Unite the Right” rally erupted into violence as they were met with counter-protesters. The rally was organized by avowed white supremacists seeking to preserve a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Among their ranks were members of the KKK and the racist alt-right. They proudly expressed their bigotry with chants of “blood and soil,” “white lives matter,” and “Jews will not replace us.”

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The event quickly degenerated into chaos as the marchers assaulted the counter-protesters. Peaceful citizens opposed to the hate groups were beaten with poles and, in one case, run over by a car. At the time of this writing there is one confirmed fatality.

The rioting racists continued their rampage for hours without any comment from Donald Trump. Despite the brazen acts of terrorism, Trump couldn’t tear himself away from his vacation at his luxury golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, long enough to condemn the rioters. But when he finally did make a comment – on Twitter of course – it might have been better if he had kept his mouth shut:

That’s a very carefully crafted comment that fails to attribute responsibility to the hostile bigots who initiated the assaults. It’s a vague repudiation of violence that could be interpreted as directed at the counter-protesters. And it is abhorrent to suggest that America needs to unite with the sort of vile trash who advocate white supremacy.

If that weren’t bad enough, Trump appeared at a photo-op for a Veterans Administration announcement and made things even worse. In a brief statement he affirmed his position that the fault for the violence in Charlotsville should be assigned to both sides:

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides”

Any moral observer of these events would recognize that there is only one side here responsible for the hatred and violence. But Trump is obviously afraid of offending his supporters among the white nationalist, alt-right crowd. He benefited from the support of racists throughout his campaign and well into his presidency. And he is too cowardly to risk losing their support by condemning the obviously guilty parties.

One of his staunchest supporters is David Duke, a former KKK Grand Dragon. Duke made an appearance at the Charlotsville event and had this to say about the riots and his hero in the White House:

“This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump. Because he said he’s going to take our country back.”

That pretty much says it all. And Trump’s mealy-mouthed public comment is proof that Duke, and the rest of the right-wing hate mongers, got just what they voted for. They now have a president whose own bigotry and weakness allows prejudice to flourish. It’s a dream come true for haters, but a nightmare for Americans who care about one another.

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2 thoughts on “Trump Calls For an End to Violence in VA, But Doesn’t Condemn the White Supremacists

  1. One aspect of why this counter-protest happened today in Charlottesville is that the extreme right has a president and a congress that are now putting everything on the chopping block: healthcare, safe and honest elections, our Medicare and social security, the right to have qualified financial consultants, and clean air and water. That’s why this is a trigger-point event. And maybe they can’t counter-march because of age, but you are seeing white grandmothers at town halls standing up for average American progressive values. And the sad people who flooded the campus with torches are authoritarians at heart–not true Americans.

  2. What I want to know is this- All those hateful alt-WRONG white men who unleashed their violence on the peaceful courageous anti-racist protestors in Charlotte NC, where are the women that “sleep” with you and who tolerate your hate on a daily basis? Do you women ever challenge the hatred that your men espouse? Do you take a stand against this extreme hate or do you quietly acquiese to it and look the other way? And who are the so called “patriotic God fearing” parents that raised you young men to hate everybody who doesn’t look like you and who isn’t as hate filled as you? White parents why do you continue to contaminate the minds of your children with hatred, elitism, fascism, racism, to the point that your son or daughter is unfit to live in civil society with all kinds of people, without feeling so threatened? What I also want to know is when do Americans STOP lying to themselves about their sordid history in this country? Here’s a fact that some are loathe to accept as truth- Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson and ALL of the Confederacy were TRAITORS to American democracy and the American government. Another fact- Columbus did NOT “discover” America because millions of Native People existed on this continent before Europeans were even a thought. So all this fake phony false talk about honoring and preserving “our History” by the alt-wrong and other sick minded conservatives is well, a racist illusion or delusion- pick one. News Flash white degenerate racists of the alt-wrong: The whole premise for your hatred of people of color and all people of good, will shows your glaring ignorance of American history. Stop studying Hitler and the evil Third Reich, what a waste! Try studying how to become a human being- if you dare.

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