At best, Trump’s vague statement blaming “all sides” for the violence in Virginia revealed poor judgment and a disconnect from American values. But it’s worse than that. Trump suggests that “leftist” anti-KKK and anti-fascist demonstrators are just as dangerous as the murdering zealot who killed one and attempted to kill dozens, or just as vile as the white supremacist and neo-Nazi marchers who celebrate hatred and genocide while carrying torches.
Donald Trump is a racist and/or he’s determined to retain the racist votes that helped elect him. His campaign style was textbook fear mongering and disgusting personal attacks. (He really did mock Senator McCain for being captured in Vietnam.) Yet 46 percent voted for him, proving that fear and hatred motivates voters, and his particular brew of fear and hatred was intoxicating. P.S. Trump sought and received campaign help from an enemy of the U.S.
Even those who harbor a seething hatred for Clinton should by now have noticed how Donald Trump disfigured the election process, dishonored his office and disgraced our country. When he’s impeached and removed from office, I expect he’ll shriek about fake-whatever and possibly encourage rioting among his base. If so, that will prove his unworthiness, again.
Michael Allen, Meridian