Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 

Charlottesville

Yesterday, President Trump said that some of the White Supremacists at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville are "very fine" people. Really:

REPORTER: The neo-Nazis started this thing. They showed up in Charlottesville.
TRUMP: Excuse me, they didn't put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.

He also said this:

“The night before people innocently protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” Trump said, in reference to the group of white supremacists who spent the evening carrying torches, shouting Nazi slogans, and delivering Nazi salutes. “You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in — without a permit — and they were very, very violent.”

Here is an intriguing view of those "very fine people":



Trump acts like he is focusing on actions-- but he isn't, given that one side killed a woman and hurt many others. Worse, he is ignoring the difference in ideology: one side represents ideologies that this nation has decried and combated for centuries. That matters.

Comments:
My expectations of this man or so low that nothing surprises me. How can one support, at this point, someone who is thanked and praised by David Duke. Mind you his father, Fred, was arrested at a Klan rally in Queens back in 1927. Sadly, the fruit didn't fall far from the tree.
 
As usual, Trump's facts (which he claimed to be so concerned about) are wrong. The torch-lit march on Friday night on the UVA Grounds was not planned in advance and did not have a permit.

A friend in Charlottesville tells me there are armed neo-Nazis in Charlottesville this morning, roaming around bcs of Heather Heyer's memorial service.

David Axelrod, on Anderson Cooper's show last night, said it's time to quit saying we're "disappointed in" Trump. Any attempt at optimism about him is gone. Trump is beyond hope of being any different than the true self he showed at that news conference yesterday.

 
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