Saturday’s gathering of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, which saw a multiplicity of injuries and one fatality — Heather Heyer, 32, and a native of Charlottesville — gave America’s most powerful man the opportunity to quell chaos within the nation, which has been so obviously wrapped in its own cocoon of estrangement. On the most down-the-middle Eephus pitch ever thrown, Donald J. Trump whiffed ‘bigly.’ And then David Duke smiled. And then the Nazis won.
Giving a written speech with just a bit of that off-the-cuff zest we’ve begun to mistake as statesmanlike, Mr. Trump stood behind the Presidential Seal and delivered a statement concerning the rally. Said the President:
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides.”
Mr. Trump, on Tuesday, again delivered another incredible response to the domestic terrorism, in which he again laid blame to the “many sides,” but this time named the “alt-left” as the co-contributor. In a response to a reporter, Trump asked the following:
“What about the ‘alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the ‘alt-right,’ do they have any semblance of guilt?”
He added further, “You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now.”
Unfortunately, the press conference kept on.
“You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, to them, of a very, very important statue and a renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.” Later adding, “George Washington was a slave owner. So will George Washington lose his status?…How about Thomas Jefferson…”
“You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists and the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.”
While the nation is having trouble keeping its head above water in the deep end of the pool, too busy fending off the resurgence of hateful, extremist rhetoric from white supremacists, it’s drowning because of a Nazi-apologist President that refuses to throw out a life-vest and not forthrightly state how truly disgusting these human beings are. The United States has no leader. It has no President, and no administration to guide its people in the proper, peaceful direction during a time of sickening turbulence.
This country was built on the backs of slaves; African-American, Irish-American, Asian-American and countless others (though not willingly) contributed to making America what it is today. When we are at our most diverse, able to celebrate varying cultures, creeds and colors, we are at our strongest.
Fascism never truly died when Hitler did, and racism in America never truly died when we twice elected our very first African-American president. Donald J. Trump, the man that was elected to succeed Barack Obama, continues to personify an America that I do not recognize. One that hates you because you are different. One that judges not by the contents of your character, but by the pigmentation in your skin. One that continues to make me disgusted to call myself an American citizen.
We have no President.
We have only a disgraceful, xenophobic, 71 year-old Nazi sympathizer.
Donald Trump is not my, nor is he this nation’s President.