The Alt-Right helped elect Donald Trump and now his own top Republican Party leaders are demanding that the 45th POTUS issue a strong message that white nationalism will not be tolerated in the United States of America.
Following the violent and deadly attacks in Charlottesville, North Carolina, President Trump issued a statement in which he blamed the violence and tension on “many sides.” That statement was made after a counter-protester was killed after a neo-nazi terrorist plowed into her with a vehicle. Two Virginia state troopers also died following a helicopter crash.
Trump’s message which focused on blaming everyone attending the rally appeared to show his growing support of right-wing groups, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and anti-Semites.
Now, Republican Party leaders are speaking out, condemning the President’s outward support of the violent and ignorant alt-right.
“These groups seem to believe they have a friend in Donald Trump in the White House. … I would urge the president to dissuade these groups that he’s their friend,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I think the president can be very clear when he wants to be, and he needs to be clear here,” he added.
Also condemning the alt-right were Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida and many others.
When asked during the campaign if he supported the KKK’s violent actions, Trump claimed that he didn’t know enough about the group to give his opinion and refused to condemn the hate group.
In an attempt to speak when the President wouldn’t, Vice President Mike Pence denounced white supremacists as “dangerous fring groups” and claimed that President Trump agrees with that view.
“We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK,” Vice President Pence said at a press conference in Cartagena, Colombia. “These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms.”
Despite Pence’s words, he then turned on the media, blaming reporters for the main issue at hand.
“I take issue with the fact that many in the national media spent more time criticizing the president’s words than they did to criticize those that perpetrated the violence, to begin with,” Mr. Pence said.
“We should be putting the attention where it belongs, and that is on those extremist groups that need to be pushed out of the public debate entirely and discredited for the hate groups and dangerous fringe groups that they are,” he added.
We must remind our readers that the “Unite the Right” violence was perpetrated over a Confederate monument that was being removed from the city’s public grounds.
Following the violence, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, declared a state of emergency for the demonstration.
President Trump continued to vacation at his New Jersey golf club even as the violent scene escalated. It was while taking an extended vacation that President Trump said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also took a moment to directly condemn the alt-right and white supremacists in America. “The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice. When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.”
White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert is one of the few individuals who have stood behind President Trump’s choice of words, “I, for one, was with the president yesterday and proud of the fact he stood up and calmly looked into the camera and condemned this violence and bigotry in all its forms,” he told CNN.
When asked why President Trump didn’t specifically speak to the hate groups in question, he said, “I condemn white supremacists and racists and white Nazi groups and all the other groups that espouse this kind of hatred and exclusion.”
Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, was much more specific in her own tweet, “there should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis. We must all come together as Americans — and be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville.”
White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster went so far to call the violence an act of domestic terrorism.
“I certainly think any time that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism. It meets the definition of terrorism,” Mr. McMaster told ABC’s “This Week” program.
Trump has yet to personally issue a more pointed condemnation of the violence in Charlottesville.
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