Just a few days after White supremacists violently attacked people who protested their racism in Charlottesville, Trump said in Tuesday’s press conference that there’s “blame on both sides.”
After a racist thug rammed a car into a crowd, killing Heather Heyer, Trump said that those who rallied against hate, were, as The New York Times put it, “just as responsible for the bloody confrontation as marchers brandishing swastikas, Confederate battle flags, anti-Semitic banners and ‘Trump/Pence’ signs.”
Former KKK leader David Duke thanked Trump for his “honesty & courage.”
And, of course, Lamar Smith stood virtually silent, only able to muster one vague tweet. No press release condemning the murder of an American by a domestic terrorist. No criticism of Trump’s stupid and harmful statements on the events in Charlottesville. Smith was Trump’s first donor in Congress and he’ll be his last defender.
White supremacy is a scourge. Those who brandish swastikas and hate on banners betray the ideals of our nation. And if you can’t bring yourself to condemn in plain language a specific act of domestic terrorism committed by White supremacists, you have no place in public office.
If you are marching against racism, I stand with you.
If you are for telling the truth about White supremacy and its ugly history in our country, I’m with you.
And if you want to strike a blow against the White supremacists in the White House, I hope you’ll stand with us as we unseat Trump’s first donor and biggest booster in Congress.