What happened in Charlottesville on Saturday wasn't entirely surprising. Putting together lunatic white racists, whom I refuse to call conservatives, along with lunatic black racists and other haters of whites, whom I refuse to call liberals, created a tinder box that exploded on Saturday. A 32-year-old woman died when a man who appears to be affiliated with the "alt-right" and neo-Nazi protesters ran his car into pedestrians. At the moment, he faces second-degree murder charges.
A few questions for you:
Do you believe this represents a substantial part of the US population?
Do you believe Trump's reaction was appropriate?
Just before President Trump went on the air, I said to my wife, he'd better get this right or the media will crucify him. He didn't get it right. I knew it as soon as I heard his terrible few minutes reacting to these events. And the media is crucifying him...as are politicians on both sides of the political aisle, though Republicans are doing so more gently.
Below, see Trump, the reaction of one Republican and the reaction of one Democrat:
Oh, how about this really odd tweet from the president as well?
Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Some tweets from Republicans. (There's not much point in going through Democratic criticism of Trump, but I'll share a couple of Dem reactions to Saturday's events anyway.)
What " WhiteNatjonalist" are doing in Charlottesville is homegrown terrorism that can't be tolerated anymore that what Any extremist does— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) August 12, 2017
We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 12, 2017
Now some Dems:
.@POTUS needs to speak out against the poisonous resurgence of white supremacy. There are not "many sides" here, just right and wrong.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) August 12, 2017
Trump has made it clear - w/ Bannon & Gorka in the WH, & the Klan in the streets, it is now the White Supremacists' House. #Charlottesviille— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) August 13, 2017
Frightening and interesting is the response from the human garbage who started all this off, including David Duke. First, one organizer of the protests was happy about Trump's reaction:
And the reaction at the neo-Nazi web site DailyStormer.com (which I won't link to) immediately following Trump's comments:
Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us.
He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate… on both sides!
So he implied the antifa are haters.
There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all.
He said he loves us all.
Also refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him.
No condemnation at all.
When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room.
Really, really good.
God bless him.
And then David Duke all but threatened the president (politically).
So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated & anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us? https://t.co/Rkfs7O2Ykr— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) August 12, 2017
I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists. https://t.co/Rkfs7O2Ykr— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) August 12, 2017