Earlier today I wrote about a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, which turned violent. It didn’t surprise me that Trump refused to comment, after all, these are his supporters.
When he finally did speak he made a meaningless remark, and of course he lied. Trump tweeted: There is “no place for this kind of violence in America.” He continued tweeting: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for,” the president stated on Twitter shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday. “Lets come together as one!”
If I didn’t know Trump so well, I would think that this almost sounds both presidential and sincere. But it’s not.
All we need to do is look back at Trump’s rallies which were filled with hate speech as he encouraged violence.
No longer can any American pretend that Trump is not a white nationalist. His words and actions offer proof, as well as the men he has chosen as his closest advisers. In addition, he is obsessed with Breitbart.
Secondly, Trump is not qualified to speak about our nation becoming ‘united.’ He is the most divisive man in America. He continues to hold rallies, but only in the states where he won the electoral college. Trump has yet to meet with one leader of the Democratic Party. All of his party’s legislative efforts have been entirely partisan.
This may be the influence of Trump’s new chief of staff, General John Kelly. However, I have no doubt that President Obama would have spoken to the American people in front of a camera; he would not have tweeted, knowing that the message would only reach his supporters unless it was picked up by the press.
I am positive that Trump was celebrating as his ‘fans’ engaged in violence.
The Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, canceled an event that had been scheduled for noon today by the same white supremacist group, declaring a state of emergency.
This is more of the “Trump Effect;” a disease which can become terminal.
Please re-post; thank you.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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