After the clashes between white nationalist supporters and non-supporters in Charlottesville Virginia over the weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump was widely criticized for his vague public reaction.
Initially on Saturday the President refused to acknowledge the actions of neo-Nazi groups and white supremists like the Ku Klux Klan, one of which drove a car into a crowd of demonstrators, killing 32 year old Heather Heyer.
Instead Trump said there was blame on “many sides” of this issue.
Then in a ‘not so quick’ turnabout on Monday, he made a statement condemning the very groups he did not mention two days earlier.
In a prepared script that Trump stuck to, he then called out neo-Nazi’s, the KKK, and other white supremist groups as being “repugnant” with no place in America.
All seemed relatively good again in the Trump House, until yesterday’s dreaded press conference.
When pressed by reporters to explain his recent responses, in classic Trump style, he bit the bait and staunchly defended his initial comments again repeating “both sides” are to blame.
What Trump seems to forget in his “both sides” analogy is, historically the “alt left” (as he calls it) hasn’t been linked to ethnic cleansing via the gas chamber or lynching.
We can’t say that about the neo-Nazis or KKK who claim the “alt right”.
The president seems oblivious to the reasons for defeating the Nazi’s back in World War II.
Or, were “both sides” to blame then too?
I’m Scott Thompson.