Forget North Korea. Forget Venezuela. Forget Obamacare. Forget ISIS. Forget the wall. Forget all of that for just a moment.
We have a gathering of diseased rats going on in Charlottesville, Virginia, with one reported dead after a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters. This is homegrown terror, and a cancer on America as bad as militant BLM in Dallas. It’s as bad as Antifa, and in fact, it’s worse.
White supremacists and neo-Nazis are not “the right.” It’s time for the “alt-right” to go the way of all evil institutions. And President Trump tweeted.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Tweeting won’t solve this problem, any more than President Obama’s smooth talk on television didn’t fix black racists and Black Liberation Theology adherents from their own reign of terror.
If Trump is going to be the “law and order” president, he needs to start here and now. If he is going to have a White House geared toward being “united & condemn all that hate stands for” then Trump needs to make some changes in that White House.
He might start with having chief strategist Steve Bannon stand up and renounce the “alt-right.” Or maybe he could fire Bannon outright to send that signal even stronger. I’m going to link to Breitbart (something I never do) here, to the article that quotes Trump condemning violence.
President Donald Trump responded to the ongoing violence in Charlottesville, Virginia after leftist Antifa protesters attacked a protest of white nationalists.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides,” he stressed.
Trump described the protests in Charlottesville as “terrible” and “very very sad,” calling for peace and order. “This has been going on for a long, long time,” he said, referring to violent protests. “It has no place in America.”
All of this is true. And all of it is just talk.
This is an opportunity for Trump, whose tough talk on North Korea won him a few points in approval polls, to be everyone’s president for the first time.
Or he can be like Obama.
President Obama realized that part of his “base” included groups that shared his belief in the redress of historical injustice–groups like BLM. Because he sympathized with their views, his rhetoric never fully renounced their tactics.
Trump can either play to his shrinking base of diseased rodents, or he can be president for all of us. He can’t do both.
Tweets and statements won’t solve this. It didn’t solve it for Obama (but Obama could afford to let it fester). For President Trump, it’s going to take something more.