Trump's war on the media is backfiring

  • Trump's war on the media is backfiring

Trump's war on the media is backfiring

According to ABC News, "an OH man was charged with murder after a vehicle plowed into a crowd of demonstrators following a foiled white nationalist rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a 32-year-old woman and leaving 19 others injured". Trump then later appeared to walk back his statement, saying there was "blame on both sides" for the violence.

Trump devoted most of his Phoenix rant relitigating his bungled response to Charlottesville.

Whether it really did start with a chain email forwarded to White House staff or merely sprang from political pragmatism about the voting coalition that elected him, President Donald Trump's embrace of neoconfederate white nationalists after violence swept through Charlottesville was a major gift to those who seek to replace equality with white supremacy. Still, his immediate response was the one that matters, because it reveals what a toxic force he is. If nothing else, it was out-of-character for Trump, who has been quick to call out any individual, group or organization with which he disagrees in the harshest way possible.

A recent study by the Washington Post reveals that 9 percent of Americans believe it is acceptable to hold neo-Nazi or white supremacist views, with an additional 8 percent feeling indifferent. Alas, it was too good to last as was evidenced by the next day's editorial. He should've left it at that. Trump seemed to be enjoying himself, calculating that he can thrive on the devotion of his followers, even if their numbers may be diminishing. In 2017, this shouldn't even be a question.

He continued: "The part I didn't like about it was that you looked bad if you said you wanted to stick it out". I should be commended for calling them "pigs" instead of one of the expletives favored by their Messiah.

Trump was at his golf club in New Jersey during a 17-day working vacation when the violence erupted in Charlottesville, claiming the life of one anti-racist protester who was hit by a auto driven by a man who attended the white supremacist demonstrations. "We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump". When he opposes people, he states it clearly. Queried about what "racial group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 45 percent of Trump voters say it's white people followed by 17 percent for Native Americans with 16 percent picking African Americans, and 5 percent picking Latinos".

"I hit 'em with neo-Nazi". But it is clear that the inverse is true: Many, maybe most, of the individuals who identify with these hateful organizations support Donald Trump. While still not as strong as the odds on Trump being impeached, which now stand at 4/6, or 60 percent, it still represents a significant shift. There were "very fine people on both sides".

"He needs to say in a very straightforward way: 'This is what I believe, and this is why.' There is a role, and we all know this, for idealism in the American presidency".

Before Charlottesville, the Republican National Committee raised more than twice as much money in July than the Democrats, pulling in $10.2 million to their $3.8 million. "When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate". We cannot allow this old evil to be resurrected'.