McAuliffe: Trump 'failed' to show moral leadership after Charlottesville

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 14, 2018

Trump's daughter Ivanka, a White House aide, was more explicit in her condemnation of the "ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence" previous year at Charlottesville. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation".

While verbal clashes were heard - counter protesters denounced "fascists" at a Virginia metro station while nationalist demonstrators were guided onto a train - the relative calm came in contrast to the violence seen one year ago, when white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, protesting the proposed plan to remove a Confederate memorial in the city. A man who espoused neo-Nazi views drove his vehicle into the counterdemonstators, killing a 32-year-old woman, Heather D. Heyer.

Veteran journalist Dan Rather on Sunday called out Donald Trump for "using false equivalence" in his tweet addressing the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally.

But the White House immediately attempted to dial back on the president's comments, saying Trump had clearly condemned white supremacists and violence. Instead, he claimed "both sides" were responsible for the violence that resulted in Heyer's death. He decried racism, in particular, as "evil".

"The President opined that there were good people in both groups, a statement for which he was widely criticized", he said on his website. He couldn't simply say, "I condemn racism and acts of violence". "Peace to ALL Americans!" he wrote. "I will never stop fighting for ALL Americans!"

Shows of affection from anti-nazi demonstrators a far cry from the murder and violence from the neo-nazis previous year in Charlottesville. The senator said he laid out his "opportunity zones" legislation.

Trump has backed legislation investing in opportunity zones with extreme poverty rates and targeting prisoner recidivism rates and criminal justice reform.

"We will be here until these fascist forces are gone, however long that takes", one counter protester said, according to the Associated Press. "But the reality of it is that there are pockets of this nation where the recovery has been uneven and the opportunity zone legislation supported by the president will have a positive impact, a power impact, in communities that are distressed and, disproportionately, communities that are black and brown".

In sum, Trump has lost the moral authority to govern many times over, not the least of which is because racial division is part and parcel of his appeal to his base. The rhetoric is not always helpful.

Trump earlier this week returned on Twitter to one of his favorite themes, calling on the NFL to penalize football players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence against blacks and other inequities.

"There are strong signs from the White House to both houses of Congress that we are making progress as the party of Lincoln", Scott added.

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