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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 03:54 PM

Donald Trump refuses to name the problem of white supremacist violence

Source: vox.com




His remarks on violence in Charlottesville were ignorance to the point of callousness.
Updated by Dara Linddara@vox.com Aug 12, 2017, 4:39pm EDT

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White nationalists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend against the removal of Confederate statues in public spaces. White nationalists attacked counter-protesters on Friday night, punching and kicking them and (reportedly) pepper-spraying them. One counter-protester was killed and several were injured when a car rammed into them after accelerating 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 everything but say “All Lives Matter” to avoid talking about who had perpetrated the violence. And he left plenty of opportunity for people who are inclined to assume that the problem lay with counterprotesters to do just that.


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This is not just a failure to condemn the white nationalists who were responsible for the bulk of the violence and disorder in Charlottesville with the 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 happened.


It implies that both rally-goers and counterprotesters were equally to blame for violence, leaving the door wide open for Trump supporters to assume that “the left” started it...................................

Read more: https://www.vox.com/2017/8/12/16138896/trump-speech-charlottesville-many-sides



best headline I have seen yet. pass and tweet it around





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Reply Donald Trump refuses to name the problem of white supremacist violence (Original post)
riversedge Aug 2017 OP
Fritz Walter Aug 2017 #1
Orrex Aug 2017 #6
RKP5637 Aug 2017 #2
MFM008 Aug 2017 #3
sandensea Aug 2017 #4
nolabear Aug 2017 #5
Doug the Dem Aug 2017 #10
neeksgeek Aug 2017 #7
riversedge Aug 2017 #9
neeksgeek Aug 2017 #18
orbitalman Aug 2017 #8
bucolic_frolic Aug 2017 #11
brooklynite Aug 2017 #12
NastyRiffraff Aug 2017 #13
thegoose Aug 2017 #14
NeoConsSuck Aug 2017 #15
dalton99a Aug 2017 #16
IcyPeas Aug 2017 #17
oasis Aug 2017 #19
Lokilooney Aug 2017 #20

Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 04:04 PM

1. They're what's left of his base!

He needs to pander to them. There's a symbiosis at play here.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 04:25 PM

6. Absolutely 100% correct

They are and have been his base since the very beginning. He has parroted mantras taken straight from their racist hate group subreddits, and he & his lackeys continue to recite their dog whistles for them.


An actual human being would come to his senses and condemn these idiot racist fuckheads, but we don't have an actual human being in the Whitehouse; we have Trump.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 04:05 PM

2. His kind of people!!! ... surprised he hasn't flown in for a rally! n/t

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 04:06 PM

3. Bannon

Didn't give him permission.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 04:10 PM

4. It's just "no room for hate"

Which is like going back to Germany, in 1938, and saying: "too much anger out there."

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 04:13 PM

5. "He won't say radical Islamic Terrorists." Remember that?

I hope he chokes on it.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 05:01 PM

10. Republican Bleat for Eight Years

 

You are ASTRONOMICALLY more likely to be killed by an Uhmercan white boy then by a radical Islamist.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 04:51 PM

7. Letter to the President

I have resisted the urge to write the President, preferring instead to be ignored by my GOP Congresscritters. But this time I had to send a comment. Here is the text of the letter I just emailed to the White House.

Dear Mr. President:

This letter is in regard to the events in Charlottesville this weekend.

With all due respect, Mr. President, the only reply I can make to statements like "We want to see what we're doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen," is to point silently to the extremely hateful and bigoted rhetoric that you used on the campaign trail to get elected.

These white power racists, these neo-NAZIs, are using acts violence to further their political goals, the very definition of terrorism. For you to now feign surprise at their actions, after spewing hatred that they agree with, is insultingly disingenuous.

And now they've killed someone.

Since you have been unwilling to label this racist murder an act of terror, you must be in agreement with the terrorists. You must be a racist yourself. Your campaign rhetoric supports this conclusion. Now your unwillingness to admit that the white power groups are dangerous terrorists proves it beyond doubt.

If this email gets me on your enemies list, that's an honorable place to be. There is no honor in supporting you, Mr. President, if through inaction and cleverly-worded lies and omissions, you continue to support these racist white supremacists.

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Response to neeksgeek (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 05:00 PM

9. Well done. I think I will compose a letter also. Thanks for the prompt.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 07:19 PM

18. "If we all got angry together something might be done."

One of my favorite quotes from the Lord of the Rings (the novel), when the hobbits return home to the Shire and have to fight one more battle...

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 04:55 PM

8. I am surprised that trump...

did not stand in the middle of a Charlotte intersection and shoot at counter-protesters
while his racist supporters cheered.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 05:03 PM

11. Face it

only a Klansman would not condemn today's casualties

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 05:11 PM

12. The. Umber of subsequent tweets tells me his staff know that he screwed this up.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 05:19 PM

13. David Duke hearts Trump

“We’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump” to “take our country back,” Mr. Duke told reporters on Saturday. Other members of the group carried “Trump” campaign placards.

Just in case anyone doubted for a second that this was a racist "rally" or that these people look on Trump as a racist.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 06:01 PM

14. Unforgiveable scum

I mean the president of the United States. The Nazis are similarly despicable.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 06:08 PM

15. Trump -- once again -- fails to condemn the alt-right, white supremacists

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 06:16 PM

16. Of course. They are his core supporters.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 06:36 PM

17. (sort of a side note) but this photograph is downright amazing.

whoever took this photo.... people flying through the air. geez. look at the shoes. geez

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 07:42 PM

19. That pic will be on front pages worldwide. nt

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 09:25 PM

20. Anyone else notice in the press confrence

He condemned hatred and violence: "on many sides, on many sides" that was a dog whistle if I ever heard one.

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