Trump remarks could sidetrack Democrats from other issues

Elias Hubbard
August 20, 2017

"Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer", Graham said.

Mike Signer's statement comes almost a week after white supremacists descended on the city in Virginia for a rally and clashed with counter protesters.

Support for the President among Republican Senators has waned to the extent that Mr Trump is likely to only hang onto his seat by six votes, according to Elaine Kamarck of the Washington-based research group The Brookings Institution.

Many of them stood uncomfortably silent in the lobby of Trump Tower in NY as the president rambled on about "blame on both sides" in Charlottesville, effectively putting the neo-Nazis and those protesting against them on the same moral plain.

The president added flames to the fire by saying: 'What about the alt-left that came charging at the alt-right.

Heller, who is considered one of the most endangered Republicans in the nation heading into the 2018 election, posted a simple statement on Twitter late Tuesday that stopped short of criticizing the president: "There is no defense or justification for evil in the form of white supremacists and Nazis. You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?". "But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me".

On Monday, May's spokesman had said that while Britain condemned racism, what the USA president said was "a matter for him". "It is incumbent on all of us in the country to stand up and say: This is not who we are".

Several organizers of the upcoming "alt-right" rallies have pledged that their events are about free speech, but that reasoning has done little to mitigate concerns.

They said they will officially introduce the bill when the House has a brief meeting on August 18.

"They do it under guise of free speech or security", he said.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., simply pressed retweet on his Saturday tweet: "Racism, hatred, and violence as a means to an end is unacceptable and shameful".

The invitation to Trump to make a state visit to Britain sparked immediate controversy in Britain when the USA head of state announced his widely-criticized ban on travel from Muslim-majority countries just hours after May left the White House.

Other Republicans, including the most powerful in Congress, have been making strong statements on Charlottesville and racism, but few have been mentioning Trump himself. "I want to join the fight for a White nation that rules as it was." the post said. After the live-on-TV moral failure of his ranting reaction to the tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., this is no longer a reasonable hope. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., after Graham criticized the president's fiery Tuesday comments about an attack at the white nationalist rally that killed one person and left many others injured.

Officers "expect good behavior but will be prepared should it go bad", the source said.

The authors of the memo predicted that attacks from white supremacist groups in the coming year would be mostly "spontaneous and involve targets of opportunity".

This summer in the United States a new movie was released called Detroit. Duke, a former Republican Louisiana state representative who was once a Grand Wizard in the Ku Klux Klan, was in attendance in Charlottesville.

"We are determined to take our country back".

In the space of 23 NY minutes, Donald Trump has managed to achieve the unthinkable: heightening tensions, sowing further division, and bolstering a far right that is already spreading into the American body politic like the nastiest of viruses.

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