The events of this weekend in Charlottesville and President Trump’s reaction has made me ashamed that I ever was a Republican. The party has become a source of shame for the decent people of the USA. The photo above is a screenshot from twitter. It shows the praise President Trump received for his “condemnation” of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
Politifact published the President’s words in their entirety with no commentary. No commentary is needed. They speak for themselves. You can read the full statement here. Below is the paragraph that has drawn praise from White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and the KKK and condemnation from those with a sense of decency about them.
“But we’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Va. 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. This has 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.”
The David Duke/Donald Trump waltz
Former Ku Klux Klan leader, and big Donald Trump fan, David Duke, appeared at the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and proclaimed the rally was is the fulfillment of Donald Trump’s promises. The Hill Newspaper carried the story which you can read here.
In the interview, the former Grand Wizard of the Klan reminded President Trump that white people elected him President. From the words delivered by The President in the wake of a young woman being murdered by a White Supremacist, it appears President Trump heard Duke’s words, and said, “Yes, Brother.”
There is no moral equivalence
Using moral equivalence is a logical fallacy that is often used in political debate. It is a fallacy in that it takes two unrelated or unequal events and tries to make them the same.
The Presidents words, “…this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides…” are a lame attempt to draw equivalency where there is none.
How many counter-demonstrators are in jail today under arrest for murder? Of course, the answer is zero. There is no equivalence.
This was American homegrown terrorism by a hate group. I find it telling that the same President who a few years ago tweeted that if President Obama can’t say the words “radical Islamic terrorism” then he should leave office immediately, can’t bring himself to condemn White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and the Klan by name.
Remember last year when David Duke endorsed Trump and Trump tried to pretend he didn’t know who Duke is? It took three days of constant shaming for him to finally disavow Duke.
A disavowal with a wink
It is as clear as day that Donald Trump was lying when he disavowed Duke and White Supremacy a year ago. I suspected a wink and a nod at the time. His appointments to high offices of heroes of the White Supremacist Movement, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, and “Senior” Policy Adviser 31-year-old Stephen Miller show his words are meaningless. His actions tell the real story.
His turning his back and walking out when asked directly to condemn the White Supremacists was another wink, just like a year ago. He has their backs.
A day later, the White House put out a press statement further clarifying their stance. It is sanitized, and Donald Trump is avoiding getting in front of the cameras and the Nation and condemning the vile members of White Supremacy by name.
It is day three after the event. Maybe history will repeat itself and he will appear and make yet another disingenuous statement.
The GOP is now the party of White Supremacy and Bigotry
John McCain put out the kind of statement Donald Trump should have put out. There is a problem with the good Senator’s statement. The Senator speaks for himself only. He is not the head of the Party. Donald Trump is the head of the GOP and we know where he stands. He stands with the White Supremacists.
“We can control them,” those words were spoken to me by Lyn Nofziger, one of the campaign geniuses who put Ronald Reagan in The White House. Lyn and I became friends in California politics.
Who Lyn was referring to with his statement was The Religious Right, and racists let into the party and given a voice as part of the Southern Strategy.
He further assured me, “Oh, don’t worry, Bob, we just give them lip service, but we’re really about business. We control them.” I said in reply, “What about when we are gone, what then?” Lyn looked at me and then said, “It’s no longer our problem when that day comes.”
That day has come, and now they now control the Republican Party. They define conservatism and it is not any definition that Ronald Reagan would embrace.
Conservatism is fast becoming a synonym for racism, bigotry, xenophobia, and selfishness. It used to be defined as “preserving what has worked in the past while figuring out free market solutions to societies problems.”
I wish that latter definition would come back. It served Ike, Nixon, Ford, and to a waning extent, Reagan very well.
“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention”
The slogan above is on the cover photo of young Heather Heyer. She is the young woman who wanted to have her voice in opposition to White Supremacy heard at the rally.
This young woman’s voice has now fallen forever silent. That doesn’t mean we should not hear her voice echo throughout America. She is yet another victim of White Supremacy. Their history is a history of murder. From lynching African-Americans and Jews to now killing a young woman with a car. Their taste for violence continues.
Once again, the racists have real political power in the USA. They are in The White House, in the Congress, and in State Government throughout America. Her words are right. If you are not outraged, you aren’t listening.
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