The tenure and ouster of Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist and champion of his nationalist impulses, exposed deep fissures within the Trump-era Republican party that are hindering efforts to kick-start a sputtering GOP legislative agenda.
Drowned out by the counterdemonstrators, the handful of rally attendees concluded their event without speeches from planned speakers. Police said 27 people were arrested. President Trump praised police, then later tweeted support for protesters "speaking out against bigotry and hate."
Recent condemnations of the president by GOP leaders have been harsher, more frequent and sometimes more personal. They are caught between disgust over his failure to unequivocally condemn neo-Nazism, a desire to advance a conservative agenda and fears of rupturing the Trump-GOP coalition ahead of the 2018 elections.
Last weekend’s Unite the Right rally, which ended with one dead and dozens injured, was a collection of virtually every kind of white nationalist the U.S. has ever known — KKK, skinheads and neo-Nazis. Amid them were young men who appeared clean-cut and unashamed. Who were they? And what in their relatively short lives had so aggrieved them that they felt compelled to drive across the country for a rally?
The decision Saturday by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach to cancel its event means that the resort has lost nine of the 16 galas or dinner events that it had been scheduled to host during next winter’s social “season” in Palm Beach.