Today the alt-right, nazis, white supremacists And the KKK all showed up in Charlottesville, Virginia at what they were calling a "Unite The Right" rally to protest the imminent removal of a statue commemorating confederate general Robert E. Lee.
The march quickly turned ugly as counter protesters clashed with the racist gathering causing several violent outbursts.
The march was canceled but the violence continued.
In an attempt at addressing the unrest in Virginia Donald Trump condemned “hate” and “violence” via Twitter, but didn’t mention Charlottesville by name or directly address any of the groups demonstrating there...
He followed up that tweet with another one 41 minutes later, finally mentioning Charlottesville by name but not referencing the white supremacists whose rally triggered the chaos.
FACT CHECK: Donald Trump's wife, Melania, tweeted her concerns about the violent clashes almost a full hour before he finally deemed it important enough to mention.
Then came the terrorist car attack on the peaceful marching counter-protesters which ended the life of one and injured another 35.
Donald Trump finally responded to the tragedy in a televised address from his private golf course in Bedminster New Jersey in which refused to single out the activity of white supremacists arguing that there was blame to go around on “many sides.”
Reading from cue cards Trump said...
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides ― on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country, not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives.
What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society. And no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time.”
Yes, "a good time".
Trump went on to emphasize that he loves “all the people of our country,” and that “We want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville and we want to study it,” but still never mentioned the bigots and racists who carried out the heinous violence throughout the day culminating in the deadly car attack.
Civil rights leaders have since criticized Trump for failing to squarely denounce the alt-right, nazis, white supremacists and the KKK who organized the rally.
But can you blame a man for not denouncing the very people who came out and voted for him en mass helping him to win the 2016 election?