It was August 2017 that Hillary Clinton ran an ad that brought focus on Trump’s support from the KKK.
On Saturday one person was killed and 19 were injured when a speeding car slammed into a throng of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, where a “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalist had been scheduled take place. President Trump declined to condemn the violent actions and protests of white supremacists on Saturday, who had converged on Charlottesville, Va., en masse to protest the removal of a statue of a Confederate general.
Instead, Trump called out in what he deemed the strongest possible terms “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides.” He never condemned the KKK or any extremist group, or called their behavior unacceptable. He made his pronouncements from his golf club in New Jersey.
Earlier in the day, hours after the white nationalists had marched in Virginia with lanterns and assaulted non-violent protesters, Trump tweeted out that “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!”
This call for Americans to “come together as one” alongside a high-profile white nationalist group that openly derides minorities, Jews, and women left many people aghast.
Now David Duke proudly proclaims the victory of Trump and white supremacists as a result of the violence in Charlottesville.
“I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that,”
“I applaud Gen. McMaster for calling it out for what it is. It’s actually terrorism. Whether it’s domestic or international terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out.”
How easy would it have been for Trump to have condemned the murder and injury of Americans exercising their first Amendment Rights?
Many critics on social media noted that Trump also has not condemned the bombing of a Minnesota mosque a week ago, though he has been quick to tweet against violence by Muslims in foreign nations. Yet even after Trump was criticized for not calling out White supremacists, Trump still failed to name the groups responsible. “The president’s vagueness stood in contrast to his frequent contention, echoing many on the right, that “radical Islamic terrorism” cannot be defeated if political leaders are not willing to specifically call it that.”
Among the prominent Republicans who took to Twitter to specifically condemn the neo-Nazis’ violence in Virginia, were House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, former Republican Party Chairman Ed Gillespie, and Ronna Romney McDaniel, the current chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.
This is not a Republican or Democratic issue, but one of morality. I am a patriot, but I do not support the American President.