We live in a very diverse nation.
For example, the progress that has been made in race relations over the decades has opened opportunities to Americans whose ancestors had no such opportunities to build better lives for themselves.
Yet tragically there are those whose narrow-minded, and even hateful attitudes appear on the public stage. They are an embarrassment to us all regardless of what form of bigotry they are promoting.
It is very easy to develop a knee-jerk automatic response to every instance of bigotry or chauvinism regardless of its origin. It is also very easy to make assumptions based on past experiences.
The goal must be to identify and condemn those who abuse our First Amendment to espouse racist and chauvinistic viewpoints, regardless of their origin.
President Trump has taken something of a beating for what is seen as a less that sufficiently aggressive condemnation of the recent the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Of course, short of going to Charlottesville personally and shooting those white supremacists involved in this atrocity, it is unlikely anything President Trump can do or say would please the left.
And now, the CEO of Merck has resigned from the White House’s manufacturing council in protest, and President Trump wasted no time in offering his response. Via IJR:
— Merck (@Merck) August 14, 2017
Officially, the President released this statement after the Charlottesville incident:
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides — on many sides,’ Trump said from his New Jersey residence.”
However, after the Merck CEO quit and essentially called Trump a racist, the President fired off the following zinger:
Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
Hey, the drug companies are arguably America’s biggest enemy right now, so we say that’s a VERY fitting parting shot from the President.
As for the accusation in question:
The problem everyone seems to have is that Trump did not condemn the white supremacists, KKK, and neo-Nazis specifically by name, and he further allowed that there were others present who might have had hateful attitudes as well.
However, anyone who would interpret this as tacit approval for such groups does so ONLY because that is what they want to believe, or wants others to believe for their own political benefit.
The White House is on record as follows:
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“The White House tried to clarify Trump’s statement Sunday, saying ‘of course’ he condemns violence carried out by ‘white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.’
“For his part, Vice President Mike Pence held a press conference from Cartagena, Colombia, on Sunday, where he directly condemned the hate groups involved in Saturday’s rioting.
“‘We have no tolerance for hate and violence, white supremacists or neo-Nazis or the KKK,’ Pence said, adding that Trump ‘clearly and unambiguously’ denounced the events in Virginia.”
This president is going to condemn bigotry, chauvinism, and racism no matter the source.
The idea that he tolerates persecution displaying any of those vices is something conjured by his political opponents – on both sides of the aisle.
Source: Independent Journal Review