Donald Trump refuses to call out white supremacist violence

❝ Donald Trump refuses to name the problem of white supremacist violence

His remarks on violence in Charlottesville were ignorance to the point of callousness.

❝ White nationalists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend against the removal of Confederate statues in public spaces. White nationalists attacked counter-protesters on Friday night, punching and kicking them and (reportedly) pepper-spraying them. One counter-protester was killed and several were injured when a car rammed into them after accelerating for over a block.

President Trump blamed both sides

❝ This is not just a failure to condemn the white nationalists who were responsible for the bulk of the violence and disorder in Charlottesville with the same vehemence that Trump condemns “radical Islamic terrorism” during any attack of any size in the US or abroad. It is an actively misleading account of what happened.

It implies that both rally-goers and counterprotesters were equally to blame for violence, leaving the door wide open for Trump supporters to assume that “the left” started it. It implies that the “hate and division” are equally distributed, and that the counterprotesters seeking to stand up to the rallygoers are every bit as hateful as the rallygoers sporting swastika pins. And by calling for the “swift restoration of law and order,” it implies that the problem is disrespect for police — encouraging the misinterpretation that this is somehow the fault of anyone else but the white nationalists themselves.

Racism and violence go together like ham and cheesy excuses from chickenshit politicians. They are as American as apple pie – and they’ve been around in this land since the first day white folks landed and shoved nonwhites to the side of the road. Centuries have passed and lip service from politicians hasn’t changed anything. People of courage and conscience have. Threatening the gravy train in city hall, the statehouse, Congress and the White House has provoked every bit of change in modernizing the halfway decent start we had to a Constitution.

It took pressure and demonstrations to bring voting rights to all – and change in the legislation provided by politicians running scared from that pressure. Now, with one of the two candyass parties we’re allowed campaigning on the basis of shutting down voting rights a fightback is imperative.

Nazis and racists are emboldened by a thug in the White House they feel is one of their own. Certainly, his failure to stand responsibly aids their reactionary cause. It’s time all people of conscience acted to slide the mostly creeps in Congress out of office, work to elect independent, progressive women and men to office whether they’re called Democrats or Republicans or whatever they choose!

9 thoughts on “Donald Trump refuses to call out white supremacist violence

  1. Day 204 says:

    Daily Stormer “Summer of Hate edition” August 12, 2017 @ 3:46 PM:
    “Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us.
    He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate… on both sides!
    So he implied the antifa are haters.
    There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all.
    He said he loves us all.
    Also refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him.
    No condemnation at all.
    When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room.
    Really, really good.
    God bless him.”
    https://www.dailystormer.com/unitetheright-charlottesville-live-updates/

  2. Cassandra says:

    “When the President Is Un-American” By Paul Krugman. NYT Aug 14, 2017 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/opinion/when-the-president-is-un-american.html “…Whatever role foreign influence may have played and may still be playing, however, we don’t need to wonder whether an anti-American cabal, hostile to everything we stand for, determined to undermine everything that truly makes this country great, has seized power in Washington. It has: it’s called the Trump administration.”
    Flashback: “Translating Trump’s inaugural Speech from the original German” https://www.juancole.com/2017/01/translating-inaugural-original.html

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