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Why Won’t Trump Call Out The Violent Bigots? How About Starting With David Duke?

August 12th, 2017 · 20 Comments · News and Events

From FOX News:

A growing number of Republican lawmakers are urging President Trump to specifically call out the white nationalists involved in the violent protests in Charlottesville on Saturday.

“Mr. President–we must call evil by its name,” Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner tweeted. “These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”

Full story here.

From The New York Times:

President Trump is rarely reluctant to express his opinion, but he is often seized by caution when addressing the violence and vitriol of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and alt-right activists, some of whom are his supporters.

After days of genially bombastic interactions with the news media on North Korea and the shortcomings of congressional Republicans, Mr. Trump on Saturday condemned the bloody protests in Charlottesville, Va., in what critics in both parties saw as muted, equivocal terms.

Full story here.

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  • Mojo

    Since when has Trump acted presidential in any occasions ?

  • Mojo

    Fox News drinks far too much of the Trump Kool-aid. They really should change there station name to Trump News.

  • Donald Day

    Trump refuses call out his base which white nationalist are a big part.Trump is president because he appeals to a particular group of people who believe that he can and will end the persecution and oppression of white America. Although it may sound like the stupidest idea Caucasians have come up with since “Two Girls One Cup,” “Blue Lives Matter” or HBO’s Confederacy, that is the reality of the Trump base and popularity.

    The Trump base has a belief that people of color, black feminists, gay and transgender folks, and people who haven’t made Jesus Christ their Lord and savior all came together to concoct a nefarious plan to persecute the straight, white male and eventually eliminate him from American society. So sad, but true.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    Donald Trump’ election to the presidency emboldened the so-called “alt right,” the GOP’s dirty little secret..

    Donald Trump lit the torches carried in Charlottesville. The rest of us are obligated, as Americans, to extinguish them. The nation has come to far to allow the hatred and poisonous vitriol of David Duke and his friends in the Halloween costumes.

  • Jennifer Buchanan

    I think Jeff Greenfield says it best in Polotico today – The more convincing explanation for Trump’s moral failure is that he is, and always has been, completely disconnected from any understanding of the American political tradition. It is why, uniquely among chief executives, he almost never quotes a past president or political figure or thinker, nor references any part of the country’s past. For Trump, there is no past; only himself, rising as a self-creation out of the mist. He feels no need to speak against the poison of bigotry because he has no clue about how that poison has infected our past, and still infects our present

  • Bob Walsh

    What is even worse is that a White House spokesperson today condemned the white supremists for their actions but there was no name attached, especially President Trump.
    Don’t tell me he does know he is partially responsible Jennifer.
    No lame excuses about how he thinks. He thinks like a bigot.

    • Jennifer Buchanan

      He is ignorant to the fact he’s a bigot. Until I moved to Bridgeport I had no idea driving while Black was a real thing. I had no idea because of where I’m from and where I’ve lived. Until I sat with, talked with black men, both at work and at Harborviewmarket and at PT events, and saw first hand discrimination I had no idea the extent to which it is real and powerfully detrimental to all of us. I was ignorant. I’m not defending or giving Trump excuses, he doesn’t want to and or cannot see it, he’s not leaving his bubble.

      • Ron Mackey

        By Steven A. Holmes, CNN

        The 1989 crime — in which a 28-year-old banker who had been jogging at night in Central Park was raped, bludgeoned with a rock and was found hours later, tied up, stripped and suffering from hypothermia and brain damage — shook the city and exacerbated racial tensions.

        Trump involved himself in the controversy soon after it took place when he took out full-page ads in major newspapers calling, among other things, for the death penalty to be reinstated in New York.
        There were no witnesses to the attack. The victim had no memory of it, and DNA evidence was in its infancy and was not presented at the trial. The five youths were convicted almost exclusively on their confessions, which they testified were coerced by detectives.

        In 2002, another man, a convicted rapist and murderer, confessed to the assault, and his DNA did match semen that was found on the victim. No DNA evidence has been found to tie any of the Central Park 5 to the crime.

        The Central Park 5 were exonerated, and in 2014, New York paid them a $41 million settlement.
        Trump, however, still is not buying their innocence.

        “They admitted they were guilty,” Trump said this week in a statement to CNN’s Miguel Marquez. “The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same.”

        Trump obviously still believes that the Central Park 5 are guilty, so it cannot be said he is lying or even misleading. But he is undoubtedly holding steadfast to an opinion in the face of DNA evidence to the contrary and the fact that the Central Park 5 have been exonerated by the legal system.

        • Jennifer Buchanan

          I would hazard a guess, he doesn’t like his opinions or facts questioned, or his intelligence, and refuses to acknowledge or admit he was wrong. It’s a major character flaw in many people.

  • Mojo

    *** Trump may go down in history as the worst U.S President in our time! *** I guess time will tell. ***

  • Bob Walsh

    It’s a major character flaw ????
    It’s the reason he shouldn’t be president!!
    And Jennifer it is really belittling yourself trying to be his chief apologist.

    • Jennifer Buchanan

      Where did I apologize for him or defend him? The question posted is – why doesn’t Trump …. the opinion I posted rang true to me regarding his behavior. You and I both agree he shouldn’t be president, unfortunately for all of the US, he is. Considering the vitriol spewing from the far right and far left, which seems to be now seeping into the center population of both groups, sadly many people I know are expecting more events like this to occur.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    The Attorney General, the National Security Advisor and other members of the administration denounce the organizers of the Charlottesville march as unacceptable racists that do not represent American ideals. Mr. Trump did not other than saying “many sides” were responsible for the violence on the UVA campus.

    Where is the moral leadership?

  • Ron Mackey

    NEW YORK TIMES

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — White House officials, under siege over President Trump’s reluctance to condemn white supremacists for the weekend’s bloody rallies in Charlottesville, Va., tried to clarify his comments on Sunday, as critics in both parties intensified demands that he adopt a stronger, more unifying message.

    A statement on Sunday — issued more than 36 hours after the protests began — condemned “white supremacists” for the violence that led to one death. It came in an email sent to reporters in the president’s traveling press pool, and was attributed to an unnamed representative.

    It was not attributed directly to Mr. Trump, who often uses Twitter to communicate directly on controversial topics. It also did not single out “white supremacists” alone but instead included criticism of “all extremist groups.”

    The email was sent “in response” to questions about Mr. Trump’s remarks, in which he blamed the unrest “on many sides” while speaking on Saturday before an event for military veterans at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., where the president is on vacation.

  • Ron Mackey

    Just look at the pictures. Where is Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network, where are the white Evangelicals ministers speaking out against the KKK and Nazis terrorism in a southern American city.

    A Very Powerful Picture of White Racism, this was Friday night August 11, 2017. 

    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/13/opinion/trump-charlottesville-hate-stormer.html?action=click&module=TrendingGrid®ion=TrendingTop&pgtype=collection&referer=https://www.nytimes.com/trending/

    Pictures of the old KKK

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/ku-klux-klan-rally-high-res-stock-photography/128619833

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