After Charlottesville, how do we cover an immoral president?

Elias Hubbard
August 23, 2017

Americans have responded in different ways to Donald Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, in which he basically said there's no difference between neo-Nazis and civil rights activists.

The move in the odds occurred after a week of controversy for Trump, beginning with his much-criticized comments about violence in Charlottesville, in which he equated the actions of white nationalists and neo-Nazis to those protesting them.

To which some have reacted in shock, disbelief, sadness, outrage and despair.

"Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at [indiscernible] - excuse me - what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt right?"

"I think there's blame on both sides", Trump repeated to reporters at New York's Trump Tower on Tuesday.

I have been silent up to now, constantly being notified or briefed by various contacts regarding this presidential administration.

Breitbart ran a story on Tuesday saying that "Trump's "America First" base" is unhappy with the president's "flip-flop Afghanistan speech", along with a host of stories highlighting GOP establishment support for Trump's new strategy.

Trump, too, has said that a president's words against hatred and violence mean a lot - when the president was named Barack Obama.

Just over two-thirds of Republicans said they approve of Trump's response to the attack, where a vehicle rammed into a crowd of counter protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

I can not accept a president who believes there's a moral equivalency between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who were founders of this country, and Robert E. Lee, who tried to destroy it.

That point of view, expressed by anyone, would be reprehensible.

"Culturally, Americans are a curious lot", said Andrew Darcy Morthington, a Britain-based commentator who once embarked on a two-year mission trip to teach rural American children and therefore qualifies as an expert on USA affairs.

But for two days, Trump was nearly as tongue-tied about condemning white racism as he has been about criticizing Vladimir Putin. What I'm saying is this - you had a group on one side, and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was frightful and it was a disgusting thing to watch.

Brian Westrate, a small business owner in western Wisconsin who is also chairman of the 3rd Congressional District Republican Party, said Trump supporters long ago chose to embrace the unconventional nature of his presidency.

We support growing calls to remove Confederate statues from public spaces, particularly those that occupy prominent spots in downtown squares and parks in the South, where many residents are the descendants of enslaved people. Oh, yes there is.

When the KKK, neo-Nazis and white nationalists feel comfortable coming out in the open from their dark corners on the fringe, that's a danger that should give all of us pause. Such a disgusting lie.

President Donald Trump has been widely and appropriately condemned for reacting to the horror in Charlottesville, Va., with remarks about "both sides", and for comparing Confederate generals to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and for reacting to white supremacist terrorism by saying "there is another side".

Never in modern American history has a president so elevated the forces of hate, or so bastardized and mangled the country's past. We can debate immigration and police brutality and institutional racism, as long as we are honest about our respective biases and blindspots.

- John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) August 22, 2017Today president Trump stared into the sun and was imbued with the wisdom of neoconservatism. I've taken my stand.

Republicans control both houses of Congress, meaning there is nearly no real threat of immediate impeachment.

"That was going to drive people apart", Godfrey says.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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