1. Donald Trump
August 14, 2017

Trump’s tepid response to the fascist rally in Charlottesville says it all

By Jack Rear

President Trump will probably go down in history as one of the most outspoken world leaders ever.

That being said, his outspokenness is not absolute or consistent.

Topics such as North Korea lead the president to furiously spit words like “fire and fury like the world has never seen”, and daughter’s clothing line being dropped from a department store upset him so greatly that he tweets:

https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/829356871848951809?lang=en

But Trump can’t always be depended on for being bold and blunt, especially when it doesn’t suit him.

This weekend the president attracted criticism after condemning the far-right, white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia as “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides”.

He then went on a complete tangent.

The president discussed how “our country is doing so well in so many ways”.

He appeared to draw equivalency between fascists and those protesting against them. He then began talking about trade deals and employment ratings.

He was eventually able to describe the events in Charlottesville as “sad”.

We have so many incredible things happening in our country, so when I watch Charlottesville, to me it’s very, very sad.

His response to the events was so weak-willed that one self-described neo-Nazi publication, the Daily Stormer, was pleased he didn’t condemn fascists at all:

In all his communications about the situation in Charlottesville so far, Trump has never used the words “neo-Nazi”, “fascist”, “racist” or any terms that unequivocally condemn the far right for their part in it.

The president’s refusal to refer to the event as domestic terrorism has led to criticism from both Democrats and prominent Republicans:

The criticism of Trump has reached such a fever pitch that the White House has been forced to respond with a statement claiming that Trump meant to condemn the far-right, despite not actually mentioning them:

The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred. Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.

The note at the end of the statement referencing ‘all extremist groups’ is a noteworthy deflection. It goes without saying that all extremism should be condemned but Charlottesville represents a specific brand of extremism that should be focused upon.

It’s almost as though, in a conversation about oranges and nothing but oranges, Trump had decided to mention watermelons.

Of course, Trump’s tepid condemnations and generally slow response shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

The president has been infamously silent or slow to respond to other events that have taken place on his watch. Islamophobic and anti-Semitic hate crimes have been ignored, Gay Pride Month didn’t warrant a single tweet, and even former FBI director James Comey’s testimony didn’t prompt a response from the president.

On the other hand, Trump has been active on Twitter regarding the following issues

The New York Times

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/894659355324424192

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/889273320574783489

The candidate who he beat in the election months before

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/885128373441355777

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/884378624660582405

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/875438639823675392

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/870077441401905152

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/848857910297980928

 

The president who preceded him (notably no longer in office) 

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/879317636164841474

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837996746236182529

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837989835818287106

Arnold Schwarzenegger

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/838016045222854656

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/827477947154063361

His daughter, Ivanka 

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/874218586155479040

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/830552079240409089

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/829356871848951809

The so-called fake news mainstream media (condescended for time)

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/883230130885324802

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/869874798087819264

 

A terminally-ill baby whose condition had made international headlines

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/881875263700783104

A newsreader who’d been less-than-flattering in her descriptions of him

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/880410114456465411

His own Twitter account 

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/872059997429022722

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/892383242535481344

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/823151124815507460

Attacking the mayors of cities in foreign countries and mourning the loss of all lives (not just American ones)

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/871331574649901056

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/871328428963901440

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/844930836663357440

His official accommodation

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/860987464114110465

His favourite TV programme

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/860088511202029569

Sporting events

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/885865609971605508

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/828447350200926212

His close pal, Sean Spicer

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/888575966259314691

People he has named “ungrateful traitors”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/824573698774601729

Expert political insight

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/856146924705120256

Totally missing the point of Earth day

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/855901315305795584

Mysterious announcements

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/826588658304217088

Snoop Dogg

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/841967881516679168

Protests against him

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/823150055418920960

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/834181712783560705

Covfefe (note that the original tweet was deleted)

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/869858333477523458

Will the far right be the next on Trump’s list of things to condemn?

We wouldn’t count on it…

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