Trump condemns “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis”

It has taken a while but US president Donald Trump has condemned extreme groups after the violence, protests, and death and injuries in Charlottesville over the weekend. He referred to ‘racist violence’.

Fox News: Trump condemns ‘white supremacists,’ vows ‘justice will be delivered’ in Charlottesville attack

After facing bipartisan criticism for his initial statement over the weekend, Trump was direct in his condemnation Monday.

The president on Saturday had condemned violence and hatred on “many sides,” but faced swift criticism as video emerged from the scene in Charlottesville showing a car ramming into a crowd of counter-protesters. One person died in that attack; two state police also died in a chopper crash.

Republican lawmakers joined Democrats in saying Trump should call out white supremacists directly.

The president, after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray in Washington, said his Justice Department has opened a civil rights probe into the deadly car attack on Saturday.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America”.

“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

That is clear.

Trump may disappoint a few supporters with these remarks, but he may be less likely to lose more.

His remarks Monday could ease some of that outcry, at least from his own party. Trump said Monday that anyone who acted criminally will be held “fully accountable.”

“No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God,” Trump said.

A shame about the god reference – there’s a wide range of religious and non-religious views in the US.

He lengthy statement unequivocal on equality race, and the abhorrence of violence and division. As he needed to be.

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23 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  August 15, 2017

    To little to late trump,the world knows now that you are a racist

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  August 15, 2017

      A reluctant and heavily scripted denunciation after days of criticism from Republicans and Dems alike. Even the odious Orrin Hatch condemned the actions of white supremacists within hours of Charlottesville.

      Yet when Merck CEO Frazier resigns from the president’s American Manufacturing Council in protest, trump tweets out a bilious snark within minutes – such a racist arsehole.

  2. artcroft

     /  August 15, 2017

    What I really want to see is his next poll numbers. Do they improve? That’d be interesting.

    • Too soon to tell obviously.

      But recently his approval has been trending down. The current RCP average is 37.4% approve, 57.4% disapprove, a new low.

      But polls vary. The two latest:
      – Gallup (11 Aug-13 Aug) 34% approve, 61% disapprove ()-27)
      – Rasmussen (9 Aug – 13 Aug) 43% approve, 55% disapprove (-12)

      Rasmussen tends to swing more than others.

  3. Gezza

     /  August 15, 2017

    Things I like about Donald Trump
    PART ONE:

  4. Corky

     /  August 15, 2017

    This is the beginning of the end for Trumpy. He will be a one term president unless he nukes North Korea should they fire missiles at Guam.

    Morality aside, David Duke made it quite clear a few days ago that white Hicksville voters were a major reason Trump was elected. That support has been betrayed.

    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/david-duke-strikes-out-at-trump-for-condemning-charlottesville-rally-2017-8?r=US&IR=T

    • artcroft

       /  August 15, 2017

      I think Hicksville will accept Trumpy held off for as long as he could before condemning the KKK. They’ll forgive him. Who else have they got?

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  August 15, 2017

    Still no acknowledgement of the terroristic nature of the attack carried out by a white supremacist piece of filth…. an American right-wing terrorist tried to take the lives of people by driving his car into a crowd of citizens.

    That act is immediately recognisable as a copycat attack modeled on the last several Muslim terrorist events in Europe, in Nice and England in particular. Even covert-Klukker Jeff Seesions labels it as domestic terrorism.

    But not trump.

  6. Patzcuaro

     /  August 15, 2017

    538 have done an article on the response of US presidents in the face of racial violence. It seems not uncommon for Presidents to be slow to condemn racial violence.

    “There is a long history of U.S. presidents proving reluctant to take strong stands in response to racial violence. Democratic and Republican presidents alike were unable and, often, unwilling, to address the most egregious abuses of the Jim Crow South. And that caution extended well into the modern era. Political realities have meant that presidents have rarely led the way on race relations, but Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville stands out for lagging so far behind.”

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trump-charlottesville-racial-violence/

  7. sorethumb

     /  August 15, 2017

    So what about the role of political correctness in Trump’s election? Wouldn’t that also be linked with Antifida and the antiracists?
    The Neo Nazis and White Supremists are nothing. What really matters is not the extremist, discredited ideas, what matters are the creditable ideas and they are based on the new science of evolutionary psychology. That’s why anti-racists are so insecure. Evolutionary psychology says that people have a human nature and people have a natural affinity for people like themselves. It also predicts what Robert Putnam found in his massive study (diversity is the inverse of social cohesion). In the past they have had a hiatus on immigration and (as Putnam says “it may take 50 years to achieve cohesion”). What’s more the first half of the 20th Century was a time of economic expansion compared to latter years.
    What we are seeing is a push back against globalisation at a time when the left has gone septic.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  August 15, 2017

      There’s no place for your kind of bigotry. Just let it go.

      • sorethumb

         /  August 15, 2017

        Ad hominem

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 15, 2017

          Ignore him, Joe, and he might go away.

          Perhaps if we all just ignored him and didn’t reply he’d get the message..

  8. Patzcuaro

     /  August 15, 2017

    It is not rocket science that people have a natural affinity to other people like themselves. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy other people and cultures for what they are. It would be a dull world if everynody was exactly the same.

    The left is usually against globalisation, so if we are getting a push back against globalisation is the left on the rise?

    • Mefrostate

       /  August 15, 2017

      Globalisation has been rebranded as ‘globalism’ and turned into a boogieman to draw the votes of lefties scared of multinationals (Berniebros) and righties scared of brown people (alt-right).

  9. Zedd

     /  August 15, 2017

    If truth be known many white Americans in their 60+s have likely had connection with the ‘Knights of the Ku-klux Klan’.. even several presidents, BUT the Neo-NAZIs are the mongrels they need to watch..
    btw; the Trumpite who wrote ‘Breitbart’ was from the latter group ? What does that say about his ‘Commander-in-Chief’ ?? ‘Z…hile’ (nearly slipped) 😀

    • sorethumb

       /  August 15, 2017

      What do you say about the people of China and Japan who are neither living in multicultural societies nor want to. And what do you say to New Zealanders who a soiologist advised “were not conducive to increased diversity”? Are they KKK?

      • Gezza

         /  August 15, 2017

        No. They’re notoriously racist.

        • sorethumb

           /  August 16, 2017

          Humans are ethnocentric. It is an evolutionary adaptation.
          Pearls before baizou.

  10. Patzcuaro

     /  August 15, 2017

    Trump out tweeted by Obama as Obama tweets the 3rd most liked tweet of all time, part of a quote by Nelson Mandela

    “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”