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.
Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville has created deep uncertainty among officials about whether he can effectively lead his party and focus on urgent tasks looming in the fall.
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.
Protests over Confederate symbols have erupted in several cities. (Video: Amber Ferguson/The Post; Photo: Reuters)
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.
Students and residents gathered at the university’s Rotunda in Charlottesville to sing together for an evening vigil that stood in stark contrast to last week’s torch-lit march of white supremacists.
John Dowd forwarded an email advocating protection of some Confederate monuments and claiming that the protest group Black Lives Matter had been infiltrated by terrorists.
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Officials say they understand the design isn’t ideal, but they cite neighbor opposition to having the trail on their side of the wall.
The comment, apparently meant to dispel stereotypes, prompted groans, murmurs and, later, shouting at a meeting for professional development.
The rationale is unclear, but the D.C. Department of Transportation confirmed that it removed the station this week at the Trump administration’s request.
The renovation for Duke Ellington’s Georgetown campus is the biggest budget-buster in the city’s modernization effort for all its 115 public schools. And the spending isn’t yet finished.
A Prince George’s jury awarded $850,000 to an Army veteran injured during an encounter with an off-duty police officer.
Ordinarily, only Mormons can enter the temple, so mark your calendars for the rare opportunity to visit.
The president was responding to criticism by the senators over his leadership style and handling of Charlottesville.
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The president’s assertion reflects a misunderstanding of black communities and is incongruous with his budget proposals, which include stark reductions for programs.
Troops have faced off on a plateau in the Himalayas in tense proximity, in a dispute prompted by moves by the Chinese military to build a road into territory claimed by India’s close ally, Bhutan.
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.”
A new study investigates a question whiskey enthusiasts answered decades ago.
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