How hard could it be to denounce white supremacists, Klansmen, and neo-Nazis marching through the streets of an American city, spreading hate and fear and anger and injury and death?
If you're the president of the United States, pretty hard, apparently:
The White House official who made that statement couldn't even put his or her name on it, so you can tell how much they believe it.
This isn't tough. At least some Republicans, like Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) get it. But he's long been woke:
Other Republicans? Eh:
“Privately wincing?” Look guys, none of this mealy-mouthed We are saddened by this bigotry on display without actually naming that bigotry, thus giving yourselves some wiggle room with the farther right edge of your party's base.
If Obama was still president and a Muslim had driven that car into that crowd, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 other people in what Charlottesville's police chief called a “premeditated” act of “criminal homicide,” you would be screaming at him to call it “radical Islamic terrorism.” Funny how your moral clarity is growing fuzzy in this situation.
Here's how you do it:
There were two other deaths today related to the events in Charlottesville. Two Virginia State Troopers were killed in a helicopter crash while supporting law enforcement in the city. The president at least found time to mention that:
They died because they had to cover other law enforcement who were trying to contain a march of white supremacists, Klansmen, and neo-Nazis. This is an important detail, not that our president seems interested.
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