[Editor’s note: As POTUS, Trump has blundered his way from one total disaster to the next, but this latest one may be his worst mistake to date. By failing to criticise anyone and simply making the spineless statement that both sides are to blame, Trump has left himself wide open to accusations that he refuses to criticise white supremacist types because that is his key base of support.
After an election campaign that saw him deeply offend women, Mexicans, Muslims and people of just about any colour other than lily white, Trump, inadvertently or not, has painted himself as a bigotted, racist, mysoginist idiot who appeals to the lowest common denominator in society while at the same time, being deeply unpalatable to the better educated, more informed and less prejudiced majority.
The situation in Charlottesville is just the latest in a long string of nasty incidents that, in total, add up to the makings of a race war. Many US cities are almost at the point of a race war breaking out and every person of colour gunned down by the poor white trash police forces just adds fuel to that fire.
In 1965, when the US was facing similar race issues, there was LBJ and his immense testicular fortitude and cast-iron resolve to provide the vital strong leadership needed to get through the crisis, today we have Donald Trump, a man who has no leadership skills whatsoever. This raises the disturbing spectre of a rapid downward spiral of violence that leads to a race war.
Of course, such a war may well be part of the nefarious agenda of those who put Trump in office, certainly they have prepared for such a war by giving the police thousands of ex-military armoured vehicles, military grade weapons and equipment and training in urban warfare by Israeli specialists.
At least back in the 60s the pigs in uniform only had billy clubs and tear gas, this time around they are armed to the teeth and the prospect for mass violence and killing is looming large. Ian]
Donald Trump addressed the country in the midst of the chaos and deadly violence surrounding an alt-right Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, but he refused to denounce white nationalism when asked several times by reporters.
Instead, after he finished his planned remarks, the president roamed around the room unsure of where to go, signed a bill, and then walked out without answering some of the most softball questions ever asked of a president.
When reporters asked him whether he wants “the support of these white nationalist groups who say they support” him or if he’s “denounced them strongly enough,” Trump strolled out of the room, likely planning his next round of golf in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Condemning violence of any kind and issuing a blanket statement that people “on many sides” are to blame, which Trump did today, is a coward’s way out. It does nothing to calm the chaos in Virginia, and it may actually make things worse by creating a false equivalency between the counter-protesters and the alt-right Nazis.
The willingness of this president to ignore what is specifically fueling the outbreak of deadly violence and hatred in Virginia will only give oxygen to those causing it.
A shameful day in America was made worse on Saturday by a president who, once again, refuses to fully distance himself from the most extreme hate groups in America – all because they helped put him in the White House.