A woman was killed yesterday in Charlottesville, VA, when protests turned violent and a driver plowed his car into anti-fascist protestors. More than 19 were injured. The vehicular attack was reminiscent of recent similar terrorist attacks in France and the UK. Donald Trump was quick to tweet his condemnation of these attacks, but this time his response was slow and ambiguous. He said this:
We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides…
On many sides? So, let’s see…which side was it that plowed a car into a group of people protesting white supremacists? Ah yes, it was the white supremacist side. It seems to me that should be the side to condemn. So why can’t Trump condemn the neo-Nazis, the KKK and alt-right groups that caused the death of a young woman? Additionally, Trump’s callousness is remarkable. This is what he tweeted regarding her death:
Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!
4:25 PM – 12 Aug 2017
“So sad!” Could he sound less sincere?
This, to me, is a no-brainer that Trump should explicitly condemn those white nationalist groups. Politically, it makes no sense not to condemn them to the utmost, but more importantly it is a strong indicator of Trump’s moral void. It should be obvious, but explicitly condemning groups that promote hate against fellow human beings is not only for bleeding-heart liberals. In fact, this isn’t even a left/right, liberal/conservative issue. This is about right versus wrong and what is decent and good versus repugnant. There are plenty of staunch conservatives who have criticized Trump’s mealy-mouthed condemnation, but there are plenty more who whisper their complaints to confidantes but are reluctant to publicly denounce Trump with conviction.
We are unlikely to change Trump’s point of view, but I think it’s time for you, especially if you are a conservative and a supporter of Trump, to think about what you really stand for. If you are a conservative do you really agree with Trump’s worldview? If you support Trump, are you okay with Trump not explicitly condemning white nationalism, the KKK and neo-Nazis. Are you comfortable with Trump’s tacit approval of groups that advocate lynching blacks, murdering Jews and eradicating gays?
It’s okay to be progressive and liberal. It’s okay to be conservative. It’s okay to be secular or religious. You can be all these things and still not be an apologist for white nationalism like Trump is. So if you are still a supporter of Trump, you should take a good hard look in the mirror and ask yourself: am I a racist? If the answer is no, then you shouldn’t be supporting Trump. After Charlottesville, Trump himself drew a line when he placed moral equivalence between hate-mongers and those who were protesting against them. Trump has no policy stances or redeeming characterstics that can cancel out the fact that he tacitly approves white extremism. If you are still a Trump supporter then I think it’s pretty hard to make the claim that you are not a racist.