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Boddinger writes: “Whether or not President Trump is a straight-up racist or simply doesn’t want to alienate his white supremacist base no longer matters. Because his response to Saturday’s domestic terrorist attack that killed at least one person and injured 19 others leaves no doubt about which side he is on.”

Rescue workers move victims on stretchers after a car plowed through a crowd of counterdemonstrators marching through the downtown shopping district Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. (photo: Getty Images)
Rescue workers move victims on stretchers after a car plowed through a crowd of counterdemonstrators marching through the downtown shopping district Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. (photo: Getty Images)


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Trump Refuses to Condemn Act of "Domestic Terrorism" Committed by His Supporter in Charlottesville

By David Boddiger, Splinter News

13 August 17

 

hether or not President Trump is a straight-up racist or simply doesn’t want to alienate his white supremacist base no longer matters. Because his response to Saturday’s domestic terrorist attack that killed at least one person and injured 19 others leaves no doubt about which side he is on.

Trump had the chance to at least pretend to be presidential by leading the nation during one of its darkest moments—although it is a moment he personally helped to create. But instead of strongly denouncing the racism, bigotry, hate, and awful violence of Saturday’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, by directly assigning blame, the president—perhaps the single most powerful politician in the world—used vague, coded language that white supremacists can now use to claim victory.

With a nation in shock, the president of the United States used his moment in front of the cameras to praise himself and mention the name of President Barack Obama, a man he once disgracefully claimed was not born in the U.S.

It was a disturbing press conference that highlighted a horrible day.

Speaking at a pre-arranged press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump is still on a “working vacation,” the president stated the following (emphasis mine) before exiting without fielding strong questions from the press:

We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides. 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. It has no place in America.

What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society. And no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good 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 must stop right now. We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection, really, and I say this so strongly, true affection for each other.

Our country is doing very well in so many ways. We have record, just absolute record employment. We have unemployment the lowest it’s been in almost 17 years. We have companies pouring into our country, Foxconn and car companies and so many others. They’re coming back to our country. We’re renegotiating trade deals to make them great for our country and great for the American worker. We have so many incredible things happening in our country, so when I watch Charlottesville, to me it’s very, very sad.

I want to salute the great work of the state and local police in Virginia. Incredible people. Law enforcement, incredible people. And also the National Guard. They’ve really been working smart and working hard. They’ve been doing a terrific job.

Federal authorities are also providing tremendous support to the governor. He thanked me for that. And we are here to provide whatever other assistance is needed. We are ready, willing and able.

Above all else, we must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion, or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country. We love our God. We love our flag. We’re proud of our country. We’re proud of who we are. So, we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it. And we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen.

My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens, but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another. We must love each other, respect each other, and cherish our history and our future together—so important. We have to respect each other. Ideally, we have to love each other.

Watch:

Here are just some of the reactions that are flooding Twitter, most of them highly critical of Trump:

As this last tweet points out, Trump has never hesitated to condemn violence abroad that he attributes to “radical Muslims,” yet neither he nor anyone in his inner circle will condemn radical, domestic, white terrorism happening right here, on U.S. soil, right now.


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-15 # lnason@umassd.edu 2017-08-13 10:35
Did you actually listen to him? I heard him condemn the violence from all sides. The woman who was killed happened to be a counter protester but the counter protesters were carrying clubs and rousting protestors and were ready to commit and counteract violence too.

I'm no great fan of Trump's but I heard his remarks as a rather ham-handed attempt to ameliorate the violence from both sides.

I guess I forgot that I am supposed to know that he is a racist.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
-1 # kyzipster 2017-08-13 13:48
So you're conceding that these white nationalists, neo-Nazis, are a fair representation of one of the two sides?
 
 
+7 # kyzipster 2017-08-13 10:46
It would be a good thing if we could point out that we can look past the sensationalism of what happened yesterday and find some perspective. The sensationalism is what empowers these groups and the media is very willing to comply. The fact that this rally of white nationalists, as ugly and frightening as it was, was only around 1000 people by some estimates. In a country of 300+ million people, extremely small and insignificant. They're so apparently on the wrong side of an issue and on the wrong side of history that it doesn't even need pointing out. There's still so much shame in being associated with this scum that most racists don't dare show up.

Unfortunately, that's not possible to do with the Trump Presidency and the state of the Republican Party. It's much bigger than 1000 people on the fringe of society, marching with tiki torches from Walmart. Trump is legitimizing their POV. Trump isn't the only one drawing a false equivalence, it's all over the right-wing media. They're owning white supremacy when they do this, when they say 'the left is just as bad.' Congress, the WH and major news outlets are empowering these hate groups because they're no better. What a sorry state we've fallen to.

Yes, identity politics only helps the establishment continue with their destruction of the country but silence is deadly. I was saying this before the election, we would be so busy protesting right-wing extremism with a Trump win that little else could happen.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2017-08-13 18:11
Dead people aren't sensationalism. And urging the political system to protect ones life and civil rights isn't "identity politics".
 
 
-1 # kyzipster 2017-08-13 22:20
Are you kidding? Someone murdered at a white nationalist rally is hugely sensational. My Facebook feed has been flooded with it, Huff Post traffic must be through the roof, more advertising $ for everyone.

Of course we have to protest this extremism. Anyone who pointed out how much greater the greater evil of Trump might be was dismissed as a Hillary-bot addicted to identity politics prior to the election at RSN, and long after. Just too ignorant to see how we simpletons are manipulated by the Deep State.
 
 
+2 # jcosmos 2017-08-13 12:57
a few comments on Trump's comments on the events in Charlottesville .

He said this: "Above all else, we must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion, or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country. We love our God. We love our flag. We’re proud of our country. We’re proud of who we are. So, we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville , and we want to study it. And we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen."

I have three issues with the President. First, he should condemn the neo nazis in our midst and say that they are domestic terrorists and should be prosecuted.

Second, He said that we are all Americans first. We love our country. We love our God. We love our flag. We’re proud of our country. We’re proud of who we are.

In so doing he implied that those we don't believe in God or worship a GOD that is not "our God" are not Americans and that is dangerous territory to be treading. He in conflating Right wing Christianity with being American. What if you do not worship his God are you no not American?

and third, these neo nazis are Trump's base. He is President because of them. the time for study is over. The time to condemn the threat of right wing domestic terrorism is now.
 
 
+3 # lfeuille 2017-08-13 18:10
Why is "Domestic Terrorism" in quotes. That is exactly what it is.
 
 
-4 # librarian1984 2017-08-13 21:17
It's pretty clear that no matter what Trump says it wouldn't be good enough.

How is this different than what the Republicans did to Obama? Because I thought 'we' were 'better' than 'them'?
 
 
+1 # kyzipster 2017-08-13 22:54
If you can't see the false equivalence and the normalization of Neo-Nazis here, no one will be able to get through to you.
 
 
-1 # librarian1984 2017-08-14 08:48
He condemned hatred and bigotry. Sure, it would have been better if he'd specifically mentioned 'white supremacy', but this nonsense distracts from the poor woman who died and those who were injured. Aren't THEY the story?

Instead we hear msm shrieks because Trump didn't stand on one foot, spin and say the magic words in the right order at the right time with the right facial expression.

As I type Tom Perez is on MSDNC. They just asked him how the Democrats intend to defeat Trump in 2020 and, despite my most fervent hopes, he immediately said, 'Democrats lead with their values'.

If this is IT, if this is ALL the Democrats offer, pablum and 'We're not Trump', then our downward spiral is not yet over.

QUIT ATTACKING TRUMP. ATTACK HIS POLICIES.

Okay, Perez is finished -- and he said ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

How far are people willing to follow the DP down this rabbit hole into obscurity and irrelevance? Bernie Sanders wants to fight for people. He wants to make lives better. But Hillary-ites are still content to pretend Trump is an anomaly, the only problem we have, the only monster in the room.

I think conservatives who say abortion is evil but refuse to allow sex education or easy access to birth control are hypocrites. I believe the same about so-called liberals who say we must defeat Trump -- but we can't do it with Bernie Sanders in the lead.

HE'S THE MOST POPULAR POLITICIAN IN THE US.

Geezix, this is not brain surgery.
 
 
-1 # kyzipster 2017-08-14 10:12
"He condemned hatred and bigotry."

He clearly painted a false equivalence and that normalizes white supremacy. He's refusing to condemn frigging Nazis.

This has nothing to do with supporting the DP.
 
 
-1 # librarian1984 2017-08-14 10:53
OTOH he is being a total hypocrite, as usual. He said Obama HAD to say 'radical Islamic terrorist' -- so Trump should have to say 'white supremacists'. And maybe he will. The msm got him to say it before.

Of course he should say it, say it early and from the heart.

But is that what the msm should spend SO much oxygen on? NO. Is it what Dems should be focussed on? NO.

The focus should be on the victims. On election integrity. On health care. On Russian collusion. Oh wait, no, we've moved on from that last one.
 
 
0 # kyzipster 2017-08-14 13:12
Radical Islamic terrorists were not a visible and undeniable part of Obama's base of support. Obama didn't hire a media mogul as an adviser who proudly gave Muslim terrorists a home on the internet. Bannon was even placed on the National Security Council.

You're a Trump apologist, it's plain as day. He has an undeniable history, what played out in Charlottesville is a direct result of empowering right-wing extremists as Trump has done.
 

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