President Trump’s remarks after last week’s violence in Charlottesville fit a pattern that goes back decades. From his first public controversy in the 1970s and continuing through his 2016 presidential campaign, he has regularly fanned the flames of racial controversies.
In an unusual interview with progressive magazine The American Prospect, the White House chief strategist seemed to take issue with Trump on North Korea, attacked white supremacists as “clowns” and detailed how he would oust some of his opponents at the State and Defense departments.
The uproar over Trump’s equating of white nationalists and counterprotesters underscored the challenges that even a four-star general such as John Kelly faces in instilling order around the president, whose first instinct when cornered is to lash out.
Boston laid down strict conditions for an upcoming rally and counterprotest. California lawmakers called for the revocation of a permit for an upcoming rally on federal park land. And other cities are grappling with what to do about their Confederate monuments.
Parents of the thousands of children stolen and sold for adoption every year face a nightmare of official indifference and often worse from Chinese authorities who treat them as a nuisance and a threat to “social stability.”