Trump’s pathetic, equivocating reaction to the tragedy in Charlottesville over the weekend drew widespread condemnation from the left and right. How could the president of the United States not strongly condemn a neo-Nazi rally that culminated in the murder of a peaceful protester?
After days of criticism, Trump gritted his teeth on Monday and read a prepared statement purporting to condemn the racist white supremacists behind the rally. Many viewed the statement as far too little and far too late, and lacking in sincerity.
These critics were proven overwhelmingly correct on Tuesday when Trump effectively repudiated his prepared statement in a truly remarkable press confererence, blaming the violence in Charlottesville in equal part on the racist, alt-right, anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi rally goers on the one hand, and the decent people who protested such hatred on the other.
As reported by CNN: “The unapologetic, stream-of-consciousness style of delivery left no doubt at all: This was the real Trump, not the scripted version who appeared in the White House on Monday and tried to clean up his initial failure to condemn white supremacists after the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville.”
“On the substance, it was a performance that quickly emboldened white nationalist groups and appeared certain to heighten racial tensions and fear in the country.”
CNN summed it up well: “There’s no chance that Trump’s political team can finesse this one, or walk it back.”
Never forget what Trump showed us today. This is who Trump is, and these are the values he represents.