After a horrific act of domestic terrorism by the alt-right on Saturday, after an evening of neo-nazi torch marches, then a show of force by heavily armed and emboldened “united right” as the hate-groups descended upon the town of Charlottesville, Virginia, Donald Trump was seen as “supportive” by the leaders of many of the participating and related hate groups.
Donald Trump’s response to the horrors perpetrated upon the citizens of Charlottesville, Virginia was so badly presented, that most hate-groups took it as a wink or tacit approval of their racist terrorism.
On Friday night, stories about neo-nazis or Klansmen walking around the town with “tiki” torches resembling a Lynch mob began circulating on Twitter. Soon, we saw pictures of some of the least attractive “superior” race ever.
This did not comfort most, and it appeared quite medieval if not from earlier history, unfortunately the pictures were in colour—and now we have seen footage from the event thanks to the brave work of Vice News journalist Elle Reeve who went behind the scenes with them.
Warning, this will very likely make you sick or cry at least.
During the events of the weekend—most will recall first—the moment when a young woman was murdered by an emboldened right-wing extremist as he slammed his car into a crowd of anti-nazi protestors; most of them locals. 5 other people are still in critical condition in hospital, and another two people died in an unrelated police-helicopter crash; the helicopter was monitoring the protests.
The local Charlottesville Police Department were also overwhelmed by the number and type of weapons carried, they did not have adequate firepower in case gun battles had broken out.
David Duke, infamous KKK leader and spokesperson for some of the most evil racists in the United States is celebrating, his website has far less racist articles as he is filling it with “Donald Trump Loves us!” Videos and other crud. Most hate-groups are saying similar things, at the same time most of the “normal” right wing are distancing themselves strongly from these racists, and Donald Trump himself.
Many CEO’s have since left his “special councils” and more are facing boycotts if they do not also follow suit.
Donald Trump “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides, it has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America."
Placing blame on both sides for the domestic terrorism did not sit well with the world. The majority of right-wing or GOP leaders strongly condemned
“The organisers of events which inspired & led to the Charlottesville terrorist attack are 100% to blame for a number of reasons. They are adherents of an evil ideology which argues certain people are inferior because of race, ethnicity or nation of origin. When entire movement built on anger & hatred towards people different than you, it justifies & ultimately leads to violence against them. These groups today use SAME symbols & same arguments of Nazi & KKK, groups responsible for some of worst crimes against humanity ever. Mr. President, you can't allow White-Supremacists to share only part of blame. They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain, the White-Supremacy groups will see being assigned only 50% of blame as a win.We can not allow this old evil to be resurrected” — Marco Rubio, Twitter
After the Alt-Right celebrated their “dear leader” giving approval for some of the worst acts and ideas in the United States’ recent history, Donald Trump begrudgingly gave another weak speech. This was obviously not his own words, and it did not ring true.
It was far too long between his first response and the second statement, which gave the impression that he either did not care about what had occurred, or actually supported it… Two days after the attack, he stated…
“To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence: You will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered”… “those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” — Donald Trump
Anyone familiar with the alt-right and similar hate groups will recognise a few Code words in his statement, and most of us that are not part of any of these hate groups found this condemnation far too little, too late. Another tacit approval and it was taken as such, again by the hate-groups.
This was unacceptable itself, and was widely panned by late-night comedians, most of the world and even many of the GOP senators, too. Not many thought it could possibly get any worse until…
The worst Press Conference ever? Watch...
Speaking about the first, weak condemnation;
Donald Trump - “The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement but you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the facts. It takes a little while to get the facts.”
This is from the man who loves to “jump the gun”, constantly blames the wrong person or assumes the identities or motives for most crimes. Usually ascribing violent crimes to “immigrants” or “inner city thugs” if he isn’t blaming Islam, or MS-13; his favourite gang of the moment. This was a terrible start to a press conference, and you can see the horror in the faces of his underlings as they hear him speak… It gets worse from here on in…
REPORTER: Mr. President, are you putting what you are calling the alt-left and white supremacists on the same moral plane?
Donald Trump: I am not putting anybody on a moral plane. What I’m saying is this: You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and horrible. And it was a horrible thing to watch. But there is another side. There was a group on this side, you can call them the left. You have just called them the left, that came violently attacking the other group. So you can say what you want, but that’s the way it is.
REPORTER: You said there was hatred, there was violence on both sides?
Donald Trump: Well I do think there’s blame. Yes, I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it. And you don’t have doubt about it either. And if you reported it accurately, you would say.
REPORTER: The neo-Nazis started this thing. They showed up in Charlottesville to protest —
Donald 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.
“VERY. FINE. PEOPLE.” — Donald Trump, defending Nazis.
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.
Donald Takes a swig from a hidden flask labelled “crazy juice”.
Donald Trump: George Washington as a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down — excuse me — are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him. Good.
Are we going to take down the statue? Cause he was a major slave owner. Are we going to take down his statue? So you know what? It’s fine. You are changing history, you’re changing culture. You had people and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. O.K.? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.
Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people but you also had troublemakers and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You had a lot of bad people in the other group too.
REPORTER: Who has the press treated unfairly? Sir, I’m sorry, I just didn’t understand what you were saying. You were saying the press has treated white nationalists unfairly? I just didn’t understand what you were saying.
Donald Trump: No, no. There were people in that rally. I looked the night before. If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee. I am sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest.
Because I don’t know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit. So I only tell you this. There are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country, a horrible moment.
“The other group didn’t have a permit.” — Donald Trump, explaining why it was ok for nazis to attack and kill fellow citizens on a Saturday Afternoon.
“Just stopped on roadside to read @POTUS remarks. I nearly threw up. An American President offering a defence of white supremacists. My god.” — Chris Murphy on Twitter
“Watch him wince and shake his head, half way through. General Kelly, you know this is all wrong. Sir, you must stand up against Trump. Now.” — Vote Vets on Twitter, with the video
Trump’s racism is hardly a secret, his father was suspected of being arrested during a KKK riot; and was sued multiple times for discriminating against black tenants or other lovely behaviours. This is all documented by all the court notes etc I will not bother rehashing this here.
Another bizarre Trump family tradition is what is dubbed The Race-horse theory. Trump believes that their family has special intelligence genes that were endowed to them by chance or perhaps their “purebred” blood…
“I believe in the race-horse theory.” … “I had an uncle, went to MIT, who is a top professor. Dr. John Trump. A genius. It’s in my blood. I’m smart. Great marks. Like really smart.” — Donald Trump in a National Review piece
Don Cheadle recently stated that he had heard the President using the “N-word” during a golf game. Multiple anonymous and not-so-anonymous contestants from his reality-TV show—The Apprentice—have reported similar things, racism and sexism oozes from every orange, greasy pore.
I am hardly shocked at this behaviour from Donald Trump. The shocking thing is that he is still the President of the United States…
After seeing the reactions from his own party, and everyone that isn’t a nazi or white-supremacist, he may not be holding on to this title for much longer… Especially if he continues down this path of overt racist behaviour. Most of his followers seem to have forgiven his sexual assaults and other behaviour, not many Americans or other allied nations will forgive pro-Nazi views and beliefs…
Might be worth watching; it is a shame that a warning from seventy years ago is still relevant, though that is quite close to the current age of the so-called President.