Monday, August 14, 2017

On Charlottesville and Trump

As you probably already know, a rally calling itself "Unite the Right" convened this weekend in Charlottesville, VA, to protest the removal of a monument to Robert E. Lee. The rally quickly turned violent when a car was driven into an anti-racism protest organized as a response to the Unite the Right rally; 19 were injured and 1 was killed. Two state police officers called to assist with maintaining order also died in a helicopter crash.

Many were calling for the President to respond to the rally.

When the President eventually did respond, he failed to distance himself from these individuals and the organizations they represent, and emphasized that there was violence and hatred on many sides:
We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.
As Julia Azari of FiveThirtyEight points out, though Presidential responses to racial violence have always been rather weak, Trump's are even weaker.

I walk by Trump Tower in Chicago every day on my way to work. Here's what I saw in front of the building today:

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