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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 09:31 PM

Incredibly unpresidential statement on Charlottesville

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 7:57 PM ET, Sat August 12, 2017

... the emphasis of "on many sides" -- Trump repeated that phrase twice -- is .. the low ebb.

Both sides don't scream racist and anti-Semitic things at people with whom they disagree. They don't base a belief system on the superiority of one race over others. They don't get into fistfights with people who don't see things their way. They don't create chaos and leave a trail of injured behind them ...

... Trump failed to do .. what he has always promised to do: Speak blunt truths. The people gathered in Charlottesville this weekend are white supremacists, driven by hate and intolerance. Period. There is no "other side" doing similar things here.

"Mr. President - we must call evil by its name," tweeted Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado. "These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism." Tweeted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio ...


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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 09:33 PM

1. Biden criticizes 'many sides' remarks

BY JACQUELINE THOMSEN - 08/12/17 07:06 PM EDT 533

Former Vice President took aim at .. Trump’s comments that “many sides” led to violence at a white supremacist rally Saturday ...


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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 09:39 PM

2. Doesnt condemn white nationalist groups

Updated: Saturday, August 12, 2017, 7:09 PM

President Trump called for “love” and unity in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., but offered no rebuke to the white nationalist provocateurs or the driver who intentionally plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters ...

“We are all Americans first,” he said. “We love our country. We love our God. We love our flag. We're proud of our country” ...


Some, however, seem more likely than others to cultivate neo-Nazis as allies and to sell out to Russia for short-term political gain

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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 09:42 PM

3. Bears some responsibility for racism in Charlottesville

The Times Editorial BoardContact Reporter

The violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday at the “Unite the Right” protest against the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was irrefutably rooted in racism, and bore disgusting echoes of Nazism. For evidence, look no further than the Hitlerian “blood and soil” and “Jews won’t replace us” chants during a pre-protest rally Friday night by a Tiki torch-bearing parade of overwhelmingly white men.

And to erase further doubt, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke watched the violence unfold Saturday and declared that the white supremacy movement — which is what he represents — was at “a turning point.” Added Duke, “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back” ...

Trump, to his detriment, has emboldened this rise. He missed a sterling opportunity to strike a different, more presidential, note Saturday with a milquetoast condemnation that failed to call out the racism that propelled Friday’s march and Saturday’s violence. We are a nation increasingly divided politically, economically and ethnically, divisions he has exploited and thus helped exacerbate. The weekend’s skirmishes and utterances ring of 1930s Berlin — though the nation is far from descending into fascism — and the 1950s desegregation battles across the South. They also mark a failure of political discourse and the political system, which is supposed to mediate our political differences, not accentuate them ...

We as a nation are at a dangerous place in our politics. With institutions questioned, delegitimized and, in the case of the federal government, eroded from within, we must recognize that the strength of a democratic society rests in its ability to forge common ground, to have common faith in each other and to isolate those who would seek to shred the national fabric. Given the gaspingly inadequate response by Trump, we must look elsewhere for leadership that can help navigate such rocky waters ...


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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 09:45 PM

4. These are your people, Trump

By Colbert I. King
August 12 at 7:55 PM

... That was your crowd down there in Old Virginia, Donald Trump.

They were speaking your language, vomiting your sentiments, acting out what animates you from within.

Don’t act as though you don’t know them. They believe and expect you are working to “take back America” for them, because you are of them, just as just they know — as do you — that they gave their all for you ...


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