Sad to see Trump Defend the Indefensible
Nearly eight months into his fledgling presidency, President Donald Trump seems to be committed to no one but himself and his perverse ideas of what makes America great.
Exhibiting his hallmark brutish behaviour, Trump doubled down in his defense of neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
“There is blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it,” Trump declared angrily, in a freewheeling, impromptu press conference Tuesday.
Answering questions from reporters, Trump blamed the tragedy in Charlottesville on “the alt-left,” rather than on the neo-Nazi, who plowed his car into a crowd of people, killing Heather Heyer.
“What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump barked in reply to a reporter’s question.
Certainly there were counter-protestors (some who engaged in physical tactics), including Black Lives Matter advocates, at Saturday’s white nationalists rally. But they didn’t kill Heyer or injure 19 other people.
Please note: I have roundly condemned the Black Lives Matter Movement, particularly in my book Con Job, for the violence that group has caused, including the deaths of Dallas police officers in 2016 by one of their sympathizers.
The thing is, there is no “alt-left.” But the alt-right exists: they’re the white supremacists, who also happen to be hardcore conservatives…the same mob which rejects any Republican who supports inclusion, by labeling them as ‘cuckservatives.’ During the 2016 presidential election, these racists felt very comfortable taking off their hoods and supporting Trump.
And what’s indefensible is for the President of the United States to defend these groups in any way!
In response to Trump’s deplorable behaviour, CEOs began fleeing his White House business councils. First to take a moral stand was the black CEO of Merck, Kenneth Frazier, who stepped down from the American Manufacturing Council.
Of course Trump’s response was to insult Frazier on Twitter:
“Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”
Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison said this, in a statement about her resignation from the White House’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative:
“Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville.”
As Trump’s councils were fast becoming councils of one, the president pulled the plug — on Twitter of course.
Yet, Trump wasn’t even getting started with his insults and unyielding resolve to behave like a spoiled toddler…okay, maybe a teenager.
In a litany of tweets the morning of Aug. 17th, Trump praised the glory of the Confederacy.
“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You…can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson — who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!”
I agree that we should not set a precedent by tearing down monuments; because we’d have to start destroying everything built by slave hands: Monticello, Mount Vernon, the White House, Congress.
But neither the Confederacy nor its history was beautiful for blacks. And it’s beyond immoral to see our president defending a time in America where whites owned blacks as property and fought a bloody war to keep that right.
Is Trump trying to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain or make America racist again? He’s quickly insulting his way to one of the worst presidencies in history…and quite possibility something unfathomable.