White nationalists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend versus the removal of Confederate statues in public areas. White nationalists assaulted counter-protesters on Friday night, punching and kicking them and (apparently) pepper-spraying them. One counter-protester was eliminated and a number of were injured when an automobile rammed into them after speeding up for over a block.President Trump blamed both sides. In a statement read before a scheduled bill signing for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he did whatever but say “All Lives Matter “to avoid speaking about who had actually committed the violence. And he left a lot of opportunity for people who are inclined to presume that the issue lay with counterprotesters to do just that.Here is how the president began his statement: We’re carefully following the
awful events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia
. We condemn in the greatest possible terms this egregious display screen of hatred, bigotry and violence on numerous sides, on lots of sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama
, this has actually been going on for a long, long time. It has no location in America. Exactly what is important now is a swift repair of order and the protection
of innocent lives. No person ought to ever fear for their safety and security in our society. And no kid ought to ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and enjoy. This is not just a failure to condemn the white nationalists who was accountable for the bulk of the
violence and condition in Charlottesville with the very 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 occurred. It indicates that both rally-goers and counterprotesters were similarly to blame for violence, leaving the door wide open for Trump advocates to presume that
“the left”started it. It suggests that the “hate and department” are equally distributed, and that the counterprotesters seeking to withstand the rallygoers are every bit as despiteful as the rallygoers sporting swastika pins. And by calling for the “swift remediation of law and order,”it suggests that the problem is disrespect for cops– encouraging the misinterpretation that this is somehow the fault of anyone else but the white nationalists themselves.When asked about the “numerous sides,”remark, an anonymous White Home authorities continued to press this misleading story, stating that”there was violence between protesters and counter protesters today “without acknowledging that the initial violence, the bulk of the violence, and the most severe violence was all on one side.– Hallie Jackson(@HallieJackson) August 12, 2017 Trump took a tangent in the middle of his remarks, boasting about his record on jobs and trade. Our country is doing extremely well in numerous ways. We have record– just absolute record work. We have unemployment, the lowest it’s been in practically 17 years. We have companies putting into our nation, Foxconn and cars and truck business therefore lots of
others. They’re returning to our nation. We’re renegotiating trade offers to make them great for our country and terrific for the American worker. This characteristic Trumpism, in context, was an insult. It’s an insult to the Americans who have actually felt unsafe because Trump was elected to office, and to whom he has actually offered just tepid recommendation of their fear, at finest. All he has actually told them– throughout his inauguration, and
again today– is that “numerous sides “should put aside their own bias just as much as anyone else, and come together as Americans, and whatever will be hunky-dory. The president’s unwillingness to comprehend the increase of the”alt-right, “obvious bigotry, and street violence as anything aside from a need for” both sides do it “head-shaking and finger-wagging isn’t really simply obtuse. It leads him to say things that, inadvertently or otherwise, end up indicating to the white supremacists that he is on their side. When President Trump says that Americans have cause for unity because”We like our country. We like our God. We love our flag. We’re proud of our nation. We take pride in who we are,”he’s utilizing the same words that individuals who are attempting to”protect” American”identity”from non-white and non-Christian Americans utilize.
When he says “we need to cherish our history “in response to a rally that was at first assembled to oppose the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, it sure noises like he’s siding with the individuals who wish to keep the statue.In the mouth of a more intentional president, one would have to call these purposeful dog-whistles. After all, Trump enjoys his base, and is constantly extremely cautious of doing anything that might distress them– and acting as if there is any connection between the”alt-right” and Nazis, or any case in which the ideal engages in unprovoked violence versus
the left, would do just that.But it’s not clear that Trump is deliberately sending signals to the alt-right that he’s still on their team. It’s not clear he believed that much about it. That’s exactly the issue. Six months into a presidency in which he has revealed less issue for governing on behalf of individuals who did not support him politically than any president in current memory, President Donald Trump still appears sufficiently unconcerned with a threat to the well-being of United States residents to comprehend it or name it.Someone died in Charlottesville today, and the president refused to name the killer.Here are his remarks completely: We’re closely following the dreadful occasions unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this outright screen of hatred, bigotry and violence on lots of sides, on many sides. It’s been going on for a long period of time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, this has
been going on for a long, very long time. It has no location in America.
Exactly what is crucial now is a quick
restoration of law and order and the security of innocent lives. No resident ought to ever fear for their security and security in our society. And no child needs to ever hesitate to go outdoors and play or be with their moms and dads and have an excellent time. I just got off the phone with the governor of Virginia, Terry Mcauliffe, and we agree that the hate and the division must stop, and need to stop today. We have to come together as Americans with love for our country and true– actually, I say this so strongly, true love for each other.Our nation is doing effectively in so many ways. We have record– simply absolute record work. We have unemployment, the most affordable it’s been in nearly 17 years. We have companies putting into our nation, Foxconn and
vehicle business and so numerous others. They’re returning to our country. We’re renegotiating trade offers to make them great for our country and terrific for the American worker. We have numerous unbelievable things occurring in our country, so when I see charlottesville, to me it’s extremely, extremely sad.
I wish to salute the great work of the state and regional cops in Virginia. Unbelievable people. Police, unbelievable individuals. And likewise the National Guard. They have actually been working clever and working hard.They’ve been doing a terrific task. Federal authorities are also offering remarkable support to the governor. He thanked me for that. And we are here to provide whatever other support is required. We are prepared, willing
and able. Above all else, we must remember this fact, no matter our color, creed, religion or
political party, we are all Americans. We enjoy our country. We like our god. We enjoy our flag. We’re proud of our nation. We’re proud of who we are, So we wish to get the situation aligned out in charlottesville, and we wish to study it. And we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can occur. My administration is restoring the spiritual bonds of loyalty between this country and its people, but our people need to
also bring back the bonds of trust and loyalty in between one another. We must like each other, regard each other and treasure our history and our future together. So essential. We need to appreciate each other. Ideally we need to like each other.