Leave it to Donald Trump to take what should have been one of the easiest moments of his “presidency” — emphatically denouncing and condemning white supremacy, the KKK, and Nazis — and completely screw it up.
Then again, when you’re a racist and a bigot desperately trying to make people believe that you’re not, all while being well-aware of the reality that a good chunk of your supporters are, in fact, racists and bigots, it should come as no surprise that Trump completely botched his response to what happened in Charlottesville — three times.
First came his remarks Saturday when Trump didn’t specifically call out white nationalists, the KKK, or Nazis in his address about the violence that took place in Virginia. In that initial address he blamed “many sides” for the violence.
Then after it took him two days, and intense public scrutiny, before he finally called these groups out by name, he began his address — by bragging about economic numbers he’s had almost nothing to do with. The very same numbers just about a year ago he said were fake. Finally, when he did call out these groups, he looked uncomfortable, forced, and even somewhat reluctant to do so. Though before the day was over, Trump made sure to tweet out an attack on the media, referring to them as “bad people,” for rightfully calling out the fact that his initial speech didn’t address these terrorist hate groups directly, instead spreading blame to “many sides.”
I’m sorry, but a “president” shouldn’t need two days, and a “do-over,” to properly condemn white nationalism, the KKK, and Nazis.
Though I can promise everyone reading this, had the media not called out the cowardice he displayed on Saturday, he’d have never made those additional remarks Monday. The only reason Trump did so was because he was pressured by officials within his administration who knew he couldn’t ignore this.
Then came Tuesday, when Trump’s true colors came out; a day where, once again, he pushed the idea that there was blame on “many sides,” while comparing Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
No, I’m not kidding.
During a press conference at Trump Tower on Tuesday, the “president,” appearing quite defensive, said “not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” claiming that some people who showed up were just upset over the removal of Confederate monuments.
“You had people — and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned, totally — but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, okay?” Trump said. “And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.”
“I think there’s blame on both sides,” he added later.
He then tried to claim that he didn’t specifically call out white nationalists, Nazis, and the KKK on Saturday because “unlike most politicians” he didn’t want to “make a quick statement,” instead choosing to know all the “facts,” first.
That’s complete bullshit because, in the past, Trump’s had absolutely no problem politicizing violence carried about by Islamic radicals without waiting for all of the facts.
Later that’s when Trump compared Lee and Jackson, traitors who fought against the United States, with two of our nation’s Founding Fathers.
“This week it’s Robert E. Lee,” Trump said. “I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
I can tell you where it stops: when all monuments honoring traitors to the United States are taken down.
It’s absurd for Trump to compare monuments honoring the founders of this country with those honoring traitors who fought a war against this country. As I’ve said before, yes, honoring the Confederacy is like honoring Nazi Germany or any other hate group.
These were people who fought for states that attacked the United States in a war the was centered around slavery — no matter what lies pro-Confederacy people want to believe are true.
Were there other issues? Yes. But that doesn’t change the fact that the primary one that ultimately led to the Civil War was slavery.
This is why I’ve said giving Trump credit for reading prepared statements is pointless. If you want to know what Trump truly thinks, listen to what he says when he’s using his own words. Like he did on Tuesday when he reverted back to implying that “many sides” were to blame, defended some of the racist protesters there angry over the removal of monuments to traitors, and compared those traitors to our Founding Fathers.
Just another day where Donald Trump reminds us all of what a national embarrassment he truly is.
Watch it below via ABC News: