Donald Trump goes back to blaming White AND Black’s for Virginia racial violence…

Yesterday , under pressure, after 48 hours,  he disavowing the actions of White Power/Nazi supporter actions at the Charlotte Virginia protest’s that ended with 20 injuries and 3 related deaths…

His first response was say white and black activists where at fault even as media footage showed  black and white counter demonstrators to the White Power supporters being assaulted..

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Today in an impromptu presser Trump  went back on those his words and  said he believed that the anti-White supporters where to blame for the violence…

Reaction to his turn about has been swift and widespread ….

Including Republicans out of and within the government and military…

Donald Trump, it appears, was NOT happy with efforts to get him to hang the responsibility of the violence on the White Power group….

Make no mistake?

This is NOT about the racial aspects of this story…

This IS about a man who does NOT like to be told what to DO and FIGHTS back at it….

President Trump reverted Tuesday to blaming both sides for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., and at one point questioned whether the movement to pull down Confederate statues would lead to the desecration of memorials to George Washington.

Abandoning his precisely chosen and carefully delivered condemnations of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis from a day earlier, the president furiously defended his initial reaction to the unrest in Charlottesville. He drew the very moral equivalency for which a bipartisan chorus, and his own advisers, had already criticized him.

“I think there is blame on both sides,” the president said in a combative exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in Manhattan. “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.”

Mr. Trump defended those gathered in a Charlottesville park to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. “I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups,” he said. “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.”

He criticized “alt-left” groups that he claimed were “very, very violent” when they sought to confront the white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups that had gathered in Charlottesville.

“Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” Mr. Trump said. “This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?” he said, noting that the first American president had owned slaves.

It was a remarkable rejection of the criticism he confronted after waiting two days before naming the right-wing groups in the bloodshed that ended with the death of a young woman after a car driven by a white supremacist, who was later charged with second-degree murder, crashed into a crowd of protesters.

Mr. Trump accused people he called the “alt-left” of “swinging clubs” as they “came charging at, as you say, at the alt-right.” He said some of the right-wing members of the crowd in the Virginia park were “bad.” But he added that the other side came “charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.”

Aides had urged him for days to take the high ground, persuading him on Monday to read a brief statement condemning the neo-Nazi groups from the Diplomatic Room in the White House. But over the past day, back in his private New York residence for the first time since becoming president, Mr. Trump was alone, without his wife and young son, and consuming hours of television, with many on cable news telling him he had not done enough.

On Monday night, he was tweeting his frustration, accusing the “fake media” of never being satisfied. But by Tuesday morning, the president was fuming again. At a scheduled event about the permitting process for infrastructure, Mr. Trump asked for questions — contrary to the wishes of his aides, including John F. Kelly, his new chief of staff, who stood to the side, looking grim….

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The president’s rhetorical ricochet — from declining on Saturday to name the bad guys in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville to his muted acknowledgment Monday that neo-Nazis and white supremacists “are criminals and thugs” and then Tuesday to a classic doubling down on his original remarks — seemed almost perfectly designed to highlight some basic truths about Donald Trump: He does not like to be told what to say. He will always find a way to pull the conversation back to himself. And he is preternaturally inclined to dance with the ones who brought him.

As his top aides stood behind him in the lobby of Trump Tower Tuesday, looking like they were wondering whether it was possible to slide right into the pink marble, the president fielded questions about the aftermath of the Charlottesville confrontation between far-right marchers and those who protested against them….

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18 thoughts on “Donald Trump goes back to blaming White AND Black’s for Virginia racial violence…”

  1. I think the “white vs. black” analysis is wrong. The vast majority of the counter-protesters there appeared to be white as well. It was a political clash, not a racial one, though the white supremacists would have probably welcomed a racial one.

    The “clash” was between the neo-Nazis and the non neo-Nazis. It’s that simple. There were almost certainly some bad people among the latter there but I am equally certain there were no good people among the former.

  2. At a Town Hall tonight, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner (the NRSC Chair) heavily criticized Trump for his remarks today.

    He also called the alt-right Charlotte demonstrators “assholes.” He must have a high IQ.

  3. “No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.” – Mitt Romney

    That’s the person that when I voted for him in 2012, Keith said it made me a Nazi sympathizer. At the time, nobody here said they agreed with him, but nobody criticized him for saying it either.

  4. I didn’t say you were a Nazi sympathizer, I said the Republicans were very willing to accept the coded racist rhetoric of his campaign to achieve their goal of controlling the government. Like both the Nazis did with Hitler and they did last year with Trump. I said you supported a racist campaign for President.

    That should be obvious to any observer without partisan prejudices.

    Our President defended Nazis today, and the vast majority of Republicans are silent, or have made statements without reference to the head of their Party. The German business leaders who bankrolled Hitler were silent too.

    One failed whitebread Republican makes a critical statement about a series of egregious racist comments and you get a stiffy. And that would be the same phony who crawled on his knees to be humiliated by Donald Trump.

    You must be very proud!

    Your Party once again failed a very important test.

  5. I’m glad she said that white supremacists have no place in the Republican Party, but she and her predecessor should make it clear that the white supremacist (or the guy who plays one on tv) in the Oval Office has no place in the Republican Party either.

  6. Still no real denunciation of Trump by any Republican who counts (like the Speaker of Majority Leader), just lots a platitudes about white supremacists. Well they got one in the White House, time for them to do something about it.

  7. Trump’s CEO advisory councils have disbanded over his remarks on Charlottesville.

    Cabinet–your move

  8. Trumpists online are now speculating that Pence cutting his trip short is a sign of an eminent coup by the “Deep State.”

  9. Up here in Boston John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox, wants a street named after former owner Tom Yawkee changed because he is “uncomfortable” with thst owners slowness in integrating the Red Sox. The Yawkee Foundation has donated over 800 million to charity. The reason Henry wants the name changed is because he believes Yawkee was racist.

    If you at the players who have had their numbers retired, Yawkee was not alone.

    Should these retired numbers be removed from the ball park too?

    And what about Ty Cobb’s in Detroit?

    I ask you.

  10. The Red Sox could easily have been the first major league team to sign on a Negro player (Willie Mays, I think); instead they were 16th out of 16 with Pumpsie Green.

    Tom Yawkey and his manager were major reasons.

  11. Republicans and conservatives defending Trump on Charlottesville are morally bankrupt

    …Trump has used every minute of his 213 days in the White House (as of this writing) to upend all of those Republican lessons I learned. After running an overtly racist and xenophobic campaign for the presidency, Trump squandered its moral authority with a 20-minute celebration of white supremacy that gave aid and comfort to bigots, Nazis and white supremacists everywhere. He didn’t even give a full-throated condemnation of the hate in Charlottesville that led to the death of Heather Heyer. Talk about being soft on crime….

    More @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/08/21/republicans-and-conservatives-defending-trump-on-charlottesville-are-morally-bankrupt/?utm_term=.927938c524d9

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