When You’ve Lost Republicans On Fox News, You’ve Lost Middle America

President Trump’s comments about the Charlottesville riot have drawn condemnation from all quarters of the country. The true extent of the political damage to the president is not fully known at this point, but Fox News host Shepard Smith offered a clue. According to Smith, Fox News, a channel normally friendly to Trump and Republicans, could not find a single Republican to defend Trump’s statements on the air.

“Our booking team — and they’re good — reached out to Republicans of all stripes across the country today,” Smith said on his show Wednesday. “Let’s be honest, Republicans don’t often really mind coming on Fox News Channel. We couldn’t get anyone to come and defend him here because we thought, in balance, someone should do that.”

“We worked very hard at it throughout the day, and we were unsuccessful,” Smith continued.

Throughout his short political career, the president has never had trouble finding Republicans to defend him. On issues from his connections to Russia to the Access Hollywood tape, there were always people willing to go on record to back Donald Trump and excuse his behavior.

While few, if any, Republicans are defending Trump, several are now condemning him by name. On Wednesday, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement, “Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer. I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency.”

“Many Republicans do not agree with and will fight back against the idea that the Party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world,” Graham continued.

In a tweet, John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, “There’s no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so.”

Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) launched a series of tweets in which he said that the white supremacist organizers of the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville are “100% to blame for a number of reasons.”

“Mr. President,” Rubio tweeted, “you can’t allow White Supremacists to share only part of blame. They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain.”

The list of other Republicans breaking with Trump on the issue is growing. CNN reports that it now includes Corey Gardner (R-Col.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and John Kasich (R-Ohio).

While Republicans have largely stood by the president since his nomination, Trump’s behavior is increasingly becoming a liability to Republicans who must face voters themselves. This is especially true when Trump veers into the emotionally charged world of race.

One of the few things that unites almost all Americans is a hatred for racism and Nazis. With his statement that there were “very fine people on both sides,” Trump has put his administration and the Republican Party firmly on the wrong side of the issue.

The proof is the lack of Republicans willing to back the president on Charlottesville. When Republicans won’t go on Fox News to defend President Trump, he is in serious trouble.

It’s Time For Trump To Renounce the ‘Alt-Right’

If Donald Trump really means what he said in his victory speech, that “it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together.” If he really wants Republicans, Democrats and independents to “come together as one united people,” he needs to recognize one sad reality.

There are a not-insignificant number of hateful, evil racists who support him. The so-called “alt-right,” which has become a fetid hive of anti-Semites, white supremacists, American “Nativists” and other social dysfunctionals, seeks to become legitimized through the most powerful office in the world. They must not be.

Racists and neo-Nazis are celebrating.

In Wellsville, N.Y., a massive swastika is scrawled on a park wall: “Make America White Again.”

In Maple Grove, Minn., messages in a high school bathroom include “#gobacktoafrica,” “#whitesonly” and “#whiteamerica” — along with “Trump Train.”

At the University of Vermont, students found a Donald Trump campaign sign painted with a swastika three doors down from the campus Hillel.

Experts and educators say an alarming succession of racist behavior, graffiti and crime since Election Day can be linked to Trump’s victory. And they say the Republican president-elect could play a crucial role in curbing the disquieting conduct.

Trump must reject them.

President Obama sat under a racist pastor for 20 years, and invited known race-baiters like Al Sharpton to the White House on many occasions. But he abandoned Jeremiah Wright once he became president. Obama, in his public comments, does not stand up and concur with the methods used by Black Lives Matter and other extremist racist groups.

Obama did much to create this witches brew of racial division in the last eight years, and now if Trump really wants to be a healer, he has to take the step of renouncing the “alt-right.” Appointing Stephen Bannon to the powerful chief of staff position is, in my opinion, the wrong move. Breitbart News has curried favor and encouraged the worst of Trump’s supporters for over a year. Bannon sends the wrong signal.

Trump should publicly and unequivocally say that racism is not welcome in the America he wants to govern and lead. Otherwise, this will not get better. It will in fact get much, much worse.

Tools and Haters

No doubt it was a leftist who did it, but somebody just tried to register me, with my personal email address, at that Stormfront Neo-Nazi website.

Nice try. Luckily those people have you confirm your email address, which came to me.

Try, try again morons.

BTW, no doubt if they had done this successfully, MSNBC would have run breaking news throughout the day that I’m a member there — just like using the fake Limbaugh quotes to ruin his chances of buying the Rams.