On Saturday, a gathering of hateful white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, when one neo-Nazi protester drove a car into a liberal counter-protest.
The deplorable act of violence tragically claimed the life of Heather Heyer, one of the counter-protesters. Two state troopers — Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Berke M. M. Bates — also lost their lives when their helicopter crashed while monitoring the chaos below.
But instead of devoting their coverage to the victims, the liberal media continues to exploit the Charlottesville tragedy to (once again) attack President Trump for days on end. On Tuesday, The New York Times published a story titled, “Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost.” On Wednesday, The Washington Post headlined their coverage with the following title: “World leaders accuse Trump of ‘glossing over’ racist violence.” The newspaper’s editorial board then proceeded to heap on more criticism: “Mr. Trump not only failed to help the country heal; he made the wound wider and deeper.”
At the same time, a sensationalist Slate “correspondent” claimed President Trump is “a man who defends white supremacists.” The liberal website Vox similarly published a video accusing the president of “embolden[ing] white supremacy.”
How exactly? On the day of the tragedy, President Trump “condemn[ed] in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence.” Two days later, he delivered another strong message, condemning white supremacists by name as “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” And on Tuesday, the president had the following to say about Heyer’s killer: “You can call it terrorism, you can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want. The driver of the car is a murderer and what he did was a horrible, horrible, inexcusable thing.”
President Trump delivered not just one strong condemnation, but several in a matter of days. Moreover, the Department of Justice is launching a civil rights investigation into the tragedy, which the attorney general described as an “evil” act of domestic terrorism. But nothing will satisfy the fanatically anti-Trump media.
The larger issue is the liberal media’s hypocrisy. In July 2016, an avowed black nationalist murdered five police officers during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dallas, Texas. Did President Obama condemn Black Lives Matter by name? Of course not. Did the Obama Justice Department label the attack an act of domestic terrorism? No. Instead, the Obama administration blamed the hateful act of violence on “powerful weapons,” pivoting to gun control.
And the liberal media played along. The New York Times praised the former president’s “delicate balance on issue of race and policing.” The Washington Post wrote glowingly of his attempt to “defuse tensions” and “forceful critique of the racial inequities facing minorities.” The same Slate “correspondent” who criticized President Trump’s alleged defense of white supremacists had the following to say about the Dallas tragedy: “Racial discontent is rising, but that’s not Obama’s fault.”
There was not one mention of President Obama’s refusal to condemn Black Lives Matter for encouraging racial violence. Conversely, President Trump has repeatedly condemned white supremacists by name while his Justice Department embarks on a formal civil rights investigation.
At a time of heated political rhetoric, the liberal media is doing nothing more than stoking the flames.
Ted Harvey is chairman of the Committee to Defend the President.