Over the past few days, Donald Trump has refused to condemn white supremacists and Nazis, attempted to cover up his initial position, then reverted back to his original take labeling some of the thugs marching in Charlottesville “very fine people” and condemning anti-fascists. The public has been outraged by the president’s behavior, leading to a collapse in his job approval rating that now seems irreversible.
However, Trump’s disgraceful reaction to Nazis marching in American streets chanting slogans like “Jews will not replace us,” went down tremendously well with racists around the country who have always seen Trump as being “their guy”. Tweeted David Duke:
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) August 15, 2017
And here was fellow White Supremacist and vocal Trump supporter Richard Spencer:
— Richard 🦌 Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) August 15, 2017
According to numerous reports, White House aides are furious with Trump. They desperately tried to keep the president on message after he wrecked his initial response to the tragedy that saw a young woman murdered by a White Supremacist terrorist, succeeding only for a day before destroying any goodwill he might have earned from decent Americans. Here’s how the New York Times characterized what happened behind the scenes at the White House:
No sooner had he [Trump] delivered the Monday statement than he began railing privately to his staff about the news media. He fumed to aides about how unfairly he was being treated, and expressed sympathy with nonviolent protesters who he said were defending their “heritage,” according to a West Wing official.
He felt he had already given too much ground to his opponents, the official said…
The president’s fury grew Monday as members of a White House business council began to resign to protest his reaction to Charlottesville. As usual, Mr. Trump found his voice by tweeting angrily about the news media.
By Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Trump’s staff sensed the culmination of a familiar cycle: The president was about to revert to his initial, more defiant stance. As Mr. Trump approached the microphone in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday, aides winced at the prospect of an unmediated president. With good reason.
“Alt-left” groups were also “very, very violent,” Mr. Trump said early in his exchange with reporters.
He went on to assign “blame on both sides” — echoing his comments on Saturday, and reigniting a fight that has sunk staff morale after a brief bump in enthusiasm that followed the hiring of Mr. Kelly, who was to impose discipline on a chaotic West Wing.
To put it bluntly, this is not acceptable — not in any way, shape or form, and anyone still working in the Trump administration is now explicitly condoning white supremacy. The President of the United States is equating anti-fascist protestors with Nazis and believes that many of those marching in the name of white supremacy were “very fine people”. Very fine people who hate Jews, blacks and immigrants and want to “take their country back”.
Anyone in his administration with a modicum of self respect and human decency cannot accept this and they must resign immediately or face being tarnished with the racist legacy of this president. Not only is Trump manifestly unfit to lead, his moral character is so deeply flawed that there can now be no defense of his presidency.
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