In 1861 when the traitorous southern states took up arms against America for their belief that black people were inferior and therefor had the right to subjugate and enslave them for financial gain brave Americans fought them.
In the 1940's when Adolf Hitler and his Third Reich plundered Europe and in the process undertook the systematic genocide of millions upon millions of Jews, Communists, Socialists, Social Democrats, Roma (gypsies) and homosexuals brave Americans fought them.
During the time in America when the Ku Klux Klan had a stranglehold on the south in which they murdered and lynched thousands of black, Latino and jewish men, women and children brave Americans fought them.
There was no argument made about there being "many sides" to these conflicts there was just GOOD and EVIL.
And in all instances those brave Americans that fought against the scourge of the nazis, the KKK and the white supremacists were considered heroes and celebrated by history as such.
There was no moral equivocation there were no justifications there were no questions.
THOSE BRAVE AMERICANS WERE HEROES!
The man who sits in the White house today does not have that view.
Donald Trump believes those that fight racism, bigotry and oppression are on the same moral plane as the nazis, the KKK and the white supremacists including the vile nazi who murdered peaceful counter protester Heather Heyer, in a cold blooded terror attack on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He said as much at a press conference today.
During what was supposed to be a speech about "building permits for infrastructure" given at Trump Tower in the middle of New York, one of the most diverse cities in the world, Donald Trump gave aid and comfort to the enemy and attacked the brave men and women who fought AND DIED over the weekend to stand against their hateful ideology.
"Excuse me, what about the alt-left (a completely made up term to counter the rightwing white separatist "alt-right" movement) that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right. Do they have any semblance of guilt? Let me ask you this. What about the fact they came charging — that they came charging, with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. So, you know, as far as I'm concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day --- Wait a minute. I'm not finished. I'm not finished, fake news. That was a horrible day."
"Is it the same level as neo-Nazis?"
"I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it, and you have- You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I'll say it right now. You had a group, you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent."
Trump then made excuses for the white supremacist hate groups by implying that they were just good people there to protest the taking down of a statue of a slave owning, racist, general for the confederacy...
"Those people, all of those people- excuse me. I've condemned neo-Nazis. I've condemned many different groups, but not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue of Robert E. Lee. So … Excuse me. And you take a look at some of the groups and you see and you'd know it if you were honest reporters — which in many cases you're not. But many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee."
Trump was not finished. He went on to revise his laying of blame on "many sides" quote from Saturday to straight up blaming "both sides"...
"Well, I do think there's blame- Yes. I do think there's blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there's blame on both sides and I have no doubt about it and you don't have any doubt about it either and- and- and- and if you reported it accurately, you would say it."
"Neo-Nazis started this in Charlottesville. They showed up at Charlottesville to protest the removal of that..."
"You have some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group — excuse me, excuse me — I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name."
"Do you support white nationalists, then?"
"Well, George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So, will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down- Excuse me. Are we going to take down, are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?"
In other words Yes. Yes, Trump supports white nationalism. Yes, Trump supports the KKK. Yes Trump supports the nazis. Yes, Trump supports White supremacists. Yes, Trump supports the alt-right.
These should be no more ambiguity about that subject from here on out.
Here is the video of the full press conference...
Swastikas. Anti-Semitic banners. Confederate Flags. Nazi Salutes. Shouted Hitler's Slogans. Trump and Pence 2016 signs. They all belong in the same category now. One that signifies hate, oppression, bigotry and racism.