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A Stand Against Hatred And Violence–Trump Tees Up Rhetorical Mulligan After Golf Retreat

August 14th, 2017 · 11 Comments · News and Events

Mclevy Green racial violence protest

Protest at McLevy Green. CT Post photo Brian Pounds.

City officials and activists on Sunday joined more than 100 area protesters on McLevy Green in response to racial violence that included a fatal attack and injured dozens in Charlottesville, Va. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the attacks by white supremacists “domestic terrorism” in lieu of Donald Trump’s dodge to directly call out the offenders. On Monday, returning from a golf retreat following mountain ranges of criticism, Trump used this mulligan, declaring: “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

More on the vigil from CT Post reporter Bill Cummings:

Ginny McLevy was outraged over the television images of white supremacists beating and punching counterprotestors in Virginia over the weekend.

So the Fairfield resident came to downtown Bridgeport Sunday evening to lend her voice and stand up against hatred.

“It was a horrific terrorist incident,” McLevy said of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., home of the University of Virginia. “This has moved me for a long time.”

McLevy was joined by more than a hundred others during a vigil at the downtown McLevy Green, which she said is named for a distant relative (former Mayor Jasper McLevy). The event mixed outrage over the white supremacist movement with opposition to President Donald Trump’s deportation policies and concern over gay and transgender rights.

Full story here.

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  • Ron Mackey

    White Supremacists Beat Black Man With Poles in Charlottesville, Va., Parking Garage

    http://www.theroot.com/white-supremacists-beat-black-man-with-poles-in-charlot-1797790092

  • Tom White

    It appears to me to be the merry band of protesters and their protest of the day. The usual paid organizers.

    Lennie, please share with us why you referred to his statement as a ‘mulligan’. It can mean different things.

    Oh, by the way. Will you be updating your posting to mention that Trump has ordered the Department of Justice to investigate the incident? The ‘news’ media tends to skim over the details of the organizers of the counterprotesters who engaged the protesters.

    Hopefully, the DoJ will provide unbiased detail of what actually happened.

    • Ron Mackey

      Tom, really, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions the U.S. Attorney General will investigate Nazis and KKK who have violence in their history and who have killed people, now tell what is the history of the counter protesters, how many have they killed Tom? I know you heard the dog whistle loud and clear, you notice that don’t even wear hoods anymore, right Tom?

    • LennieGrimaldi

      Tom, a mulligan is simply a second chance at a good shot. Why didn’t my former client get it right the first time? After he was done with his golf game a shit load of Republicans unloaded on him for his misplaced initial comments into the rough. So Trump said, okay, time for my mulligan with a newly prepared speech.

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      Jeff Sessions, a former Senator from Alabama who was not confirmed for  federal court judgeship because of his racist views and sympathies for the Ku Klux Klan, should recuse himself from any Department of Justice investigation into the weekend violence in Charlottesville. 

      While we’re on the subject, Mr. Trump would send. Strong message by terminating Steve Bannon and the rest of the Breitbart scumbags in the West Wing. 

  • Stringfellow

    There are many things that are part of history in this country that were not so pleasant. It’s history and there is nothing that can be done about it. How long as the statue of Robert E. Lee stood where it is? How many protesters were not born when the statue was put up? How many people have walked past the statue and never gave it a second look?

    Slavery is one of many things that we would all like to forget but it happened. So did Wounded Knee, The Little Big Horn, the murders of Medgar Evers, John F. Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. The list it way too much to type. With all the strides from the women’s rights to vote, to the civil rights act signed in 1964, this country still has so far to go.

    Where does all the hate come from still? My opinion it’s taught and as long as it’s taught it will never go away. There was an article I read a while back about children playing on a playground. Because of their age, they were not aware of color, economic status, religion or the other issues that people have of other people.

    The author mentioned in time the children will get older and all the aforementioned issues will soon be presented and the children will see the world as it is not through the eyes of a child they once were.

  • Ron Mackey

    Let me ask this question again, where is Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network, where are the white Evangelicals ministers speaking out against the KKK and Nazis domestic terrorism in a southern American city? In fact where are the white religious leaders right here in Bridgeport, Fairfield County and in the State of Connecticut? Where is their voice of outrage. Where are the voices of the Republican Party here in Connecticut, where are the Republican candidates for governor in Connecticut, where are their voices? .
    White Silence = Acceptance

    Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam
    https://youtu.be/LJ25-U3jNWM

  • Ron Mackey

    President Donald Trump retweets alt-right provocateur after condemning white supremacists. After two days Trump finally calls out the Neo Nazis and the KKK but Trump CAN NOT condemn his base of the ALT RIGHT. The Los Angeles Times defines the Alt Right as “a far-right ideology that promotes what many consider to be white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny.”

    (SHANNON STAPLETON/Reuters)
    BY Nicole Hensley
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 3:36 AM

    As President Trump settled into his Manhattan pad for the first time since May, he shared a message from one of his most ardent supporters — a right-wing conspiracy theorist.

    Trump retweeted internet troll Jack Posobiec just after 11 p.m. Monday for a post blasting the nation’s focus on the white supremacist-fueled protests and violence in Charlottesville, Va., since Friday.

    “Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that,” Posobiec tweeted Monday morning, sharing a news article from WLS-TV.

    Trump’s questionable plug comes amid critical backlash for his failure to denounce the hate groups responsible for inciting violence over the weekend. He blamed “many sides” for the deadly clash instead, even as one woman was killed Saturday.

  • Tom White

    There were angry people in Charlottesville. Ron Mackey is an angry man. He may not hear the dog whistle he likes to reference, but he knows all the slogans and excuses for bad behavior.

    • Ron Mackey

      Tom White, you are white, I mean you are right, I’m a angry black man after just listening to Donald Trump press conference where Trump is now taking back his comments on Monday. Well Tom you have to wear your hood anymore.

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