I watched FOX cable news this morning figuring I would see a defense of our “president’s” flipping back to the position yesterday that he espoused Saturday that there was blame on both sides for the violence in Charlotte. And “fine people” on both sides, too.
I think it would take a major research project to find some of those fine people among the white supremacists who were shouting anti-Jewish and other threatening slogans. I am just so sick of Trump and his B. S. and those who still act as if he is a normal person. Either by now you see what a weak moral compass he has spinning around like a broken top or you likely never will.
Still, I’m happy to report that while Trump friendly arguments were made on FOX, of course, they were challenged by other FOX guests. (And, I might add, despite the frequent silliness, some good debates pop out there, something I’d like to see more of on the liberal mutual admiration society that is MSNBC .)
Those wanting to defend Trump’s equal blame theory can point to some violence on the left from a radical fringe we might loosely call Antifa (anti-fascists), but they weren’t there to spew racism and white supremacy. They were there to protest it.
This captures the gist: Former KKK Grand Wizzard David Duke, now calling himself a white nationalist, reflected many on the far right who praised Trump’s equal blame statement given Saturday as it essentially diluted their greater share of the blame. But then Duke reviled Trump for the obviously phony shift Monday where he finally pointed to neo-nazi’s and white supremacists as being the primary culprits.
Hey, get this. I agree with David Duke, the second statement was phony, or as Charles Krauthammer said on Fox: “His heart wasn’t in it.” That’s why Trump later reversed course, reportedly surprising his staff in the process.
Now that Trump has returned to reiterating the Saturday statement, Duke is ecstatic again.
How can anyone in their right mind view praise from David Duke to be a good thing?
At this point one wonders if any major Republican figure will make some major stand against Trump for this, as have a few members of his manufacturing council who have resigned in protest.
Love to see it, but I’m not holding my breath. When you’ve been dancing with the devil it is tough to bow out. Especially when you still believe he might do you some good despite much evidence to the contrary.
P. S. – The white supremacist activities figure to blossom and I think it useful to read this portrait of what I think of as the new white far right. They aren’t just your grandfather’s KKK or even neo-Nazi’s but various new groups of largely young men, usually clean cut and at times well spoken and well organized. More attractive white supremacists.
Also, Antifa will undoubtedly be showing up at these white supremacist rallies and unfortunately provide a foil for the likes of Donald Trump to point to as say…. “see, they’re to blame, too.” Take a glance at them.