When I asked senior WH official why Trump didn't condemn Cville Nazis, he said: "What about the leftist mob. Just as violent if not more so"— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) August 13, 2017
Trump was more willing to call his country's intelligence community Nazis than he was to call actual Nazis Nazis.— Elizabeth Picciuto (@epicciuto) August 13, 2017
- Sound calm during an international crisis.
- Defend loyal, hard-working professionals working for the federal government.
- Be forthright in blasting neo-Nazis.
Both sides don’t scream racist and anti-Semitic things at people with whom they disagree. They don’t base a belief system on the superiority of one race over others. They don’t get into fistfights with people who don’t see things their way. They don’t create chaos and leave a trail of injured behind them.Arguing that “both sides do it” deeply misunderstands the hate and intolerance at the core of this “Unite the Right” rally. These people are bigots. They are hate-filled. This is not just a protest where things, unfortunately, got violent. Violence sits at the heart of their warped belief system.Trying to fit these hatemongers into the political/ideological spectrum — which appears to be what Trump is doing — speaks to his failure to grasp what’s at play here. This is not a “conservatives say this, liberals say that” sort of situation. We all should stand against this sort of violent intolerance and work to eradicate it from our society — whether Democrat, Republican, Independent or not political in the least.