Donald Trump’s failure to immediately and harshly condemn the white supremacists who brought their hatred to Charlottesville Saturday is a tragic sign our country is on the brink of widespread street violence.
There were people in that Virginia city this weekend waving Nazi flags urged on, at least indirectly, by the Trump regime’s ambiguity and fear-stoking. Counter protestors risked their bodies in the chaos. One of them died. People have the right to protest, but openly endorsing fascism and racism transcends freedom of speech and becomes hate in its most cruelest form. It must be met with clear opposition, and, in that regard, Trump failed to answer the call.
Why would we expect anything else from our lying, corrupt president, who pandered to the alt-right and white supremacists in his quest for power? Here’s one of Trump’s initial responses to the violence between the fascists and counter protestors:
We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.
That statement is a clear signal to fascists and racists that their immoral belief system is simple a side of “many sides,” as if it’s just an argument, a point to be made and discussed. The former KKK leader David Duke, who was at the protest, put it more succinctly:
This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump.
Note, “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.” That’s the real reason the fascists came out to goose step Saturday. The idea that they were protesting a decision to remove a monument of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, was clearly an excuse to flex their hatred in the streets for their leader.
So here we are at a major crossroads under Trump. The alt-right, KKK and white supremacists will feel emboldened because of Trump’s coded statement. It doesn’t much matter now if the Trump regime tries to walk the statement back. After the violence, after the killing, Trump’s gibberish about “many sides” is a tacit endorsement. Again, racism isn’t a side; it’s evil.
What this ultimately means, as I mentioned earlier, is that a new widespread violence has come to our streets, egged on by our unhinged, lying president. Unfortunately, it can’t be avoided. People have to show up in massive numbers to peacefully protest the fascists and racists and their adored leader. It has to happen now.