President Trump is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t. In the wake of the disgraceful events in Charlottesville, much of the media attention has been on the president and his responses.
First of all, he was criticized for not responding immediately; then when he did respond, he was lambasted for not only the lateness of his response but also for the content. However, if you remember during the campaign, he was very quick to respond to a terrorist attack and was called-out for “jumping the gun.”
You see, it doesn’t matter if President Trump responds or not, because the left will always find a way to blame him and run him down. This tells us more about the left than it does about Trump.
The left is using every opportunity to score points and politicize events, regardless of the harm it causes. They do not care that an innocent young woman was killed by a racist idiot, only that it gives them ammunition to associate it with Trump.
And one more thing, Trump was right to say that the violence needs to stop “on all sides”. He is being shouted down on this right now, but remember it was only a short time ago that a gunman was shooting Republicans at a baseball game…This is violence, too. The Racists, and the Left need to reign it in.
Donald Trump was due back in Washington DC on Monday amid a storm of criticism, including from prominent figures in the Republican party, around his decision not to directly condemn the white supremacy groups that targeted Charlottesville, Virginia, at the weekend.
Trump, who was traveling from his golf resort in New Jersey to Washington on Monday morning, was expected to talk to advisers at the White House about the race-fueled clashes on the streets of the city on Saturday.
A 32-year-old woman who was protesting against hate groups was killed in the city on Saturday after being deliberately run over by a car, and more than 30 people were injured in clashes between far-right supporters and counter-protesters.
A 20-year-old man, James Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, has been charged with the murder of Heather Heyer, a legal assistant who had championed civil rights issues, and is expected to make a first appearance in court.
Fields was photographed earlier in the day before Saturday’s violence with a neo-Nazi group and has been said to hold views sympathetic to the far right.
It was unclear when the president would next comment on the violence amid growing pressure for him to do so from politicians of all political stripes, after his remarks on Saturday blamed bigotry on “many sides”.
Late Sunday, Trump’s vice-president spoke out against extreme groups while on a trip in Colombia. Pence said: “We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK. These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms,” according to a pooled report.
Trump, who has been at his New Jersey golf club on a 17-day “working vacation”, was to sign an executive action on China’s trade practices during his one-day return to Washington.
But is likely to find it impossible to escape questions over the far right and Charlottesville.
His attorney general, Jeff Sessions, said the “evil attack” in Charlottesville “does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute” in an interview with ABC.
He also vigorously defended Trump in another interview, saying that the president had “clearly” denounced such violence and “he totally opposes” the values of white supremacy organizations.
Speaking to NBC, Sessions said Trump would be conferring with advisers and that the president would “do what is correct” in connection with the Virginia incident. The attorney general said a more sweeping condemnatory statement released by the White House on Sunday, a day after Trump’s remarks, reflected the president’s views.
The White House statement came as Trump aides tried to stem the damage and criticism and calls for the president to go further by leading Republicans such as senators Marco Rubio and Cory Gardner and New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie, as well as a slew of Democrats.
Senior aides were dispatched to the morning news shows, yet they struggled at times to explain the president’s position. The new White House statement explicitly denounced the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups, but it was attributed to an unnamed spokesperson and not the president himself.
In the hours after the car plowed into a group of anti-racist counter-protesters on Saturday, Trump addressed the violence in broad strokes, saying that he condemned, “in the strongest possible terms, this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.”
Speaking slowly from the Bedminster golf club, Trump added: “It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time.”
The White House statement Sunday went further. “The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.” It added: “He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”
H/T: The Guardian