Every descent American has a lump in their throat, a heavy heart and a nauseous stomach as the president of the United States sounds a dog whistle to the hateful, racist and Nazi elements in the nation. The deadly violence in Charlottesville is but a symptom of where we are as a nation: divided along racial lines, where hate is not only tolerated but tacitly approved by our president. It’s sickening.
It’s well known by now President Trump conspicuously and purposefully omitted not only any condemnation but even mention of the hate groups that gathered in Charlottesville and caused the death of the counter protesters.
The disgusting groups that descended upon Virginia this weekend clearly got Trump’s signals. This is from a popular white supremacist website:
“He outright refused to disavow….He refused to even mention anything to do with us…When reporters were screaming at him about…White Nationalism he just walked out of the room.”
The most well-known white supremacist, David Duke, is fully behind Trump.
It’s been hours now since the president refused to condemn the contemptable. He clearly has no intention of changing or even clarifying his statement. It stands as a signal to the hateful.
He has, however, trotted out his surrogates on the Sunday shows to try to mitigate the damage. But the guilty here know full well that Trump has given them a tacit green light and the interference his people are now running is meaningless.
The fact is we shouldn’t be surprised whatsoever by Trump words. It was during the campaign (August of 2016) that he refused to denounce David Duke and his ilk.
To their credit, there are Republicans who are calling out the president and have labeled the president’s words as inadequate.
Mr. President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 12, 2017
We reject the racism and violence of white nationalists like the ones acting out in Charlottesville. Everyone in leadership must speak out.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) August 12, 2017
Instead of just shaking our heads, we need to let it be known in no uncertain terms that the violence in Virginia, the president’s response and state of our republic as a haven for hate will not be tolerated. Every single one of us has a we responsibility to speak, to be heard and to come out from our comfortable lives to help those who are under attacks by the worst elements in our society. NO SILENCE. NO INACTION.