Trump’s daughter Ivanka wasted no time and minced no words in her tweets against the evil Citronella dork gangsters in Charlotteville.
If her father had tweeted her first message, things might not be where they are. But Trump must do more than he’s done, and in fact, his non-condemnation and failure to repudiate these diseased rats will only encourage them and lead to more violence.
Everyone knows that white nationalists felt empowered by Trump’s rise. Everyone knows that he used his Twitter account to dog whistle them and retweet their garbage. Everyone knows that Steve Bannon destroyed Andrew Breitbart’s life’s work by turning it into an “alt-right” apologist rag and shameless propaganda outlet for Trump.
These are unquestionable facts.
“If Donald Trump has suddenly jumped on Marine One … down to Charlottesville, walked into the jail where the young man was being held, shot him between the eyes, I guarantee you people said he didn’t use the right caliber bullet,” Huckabee said.
Okay, so what? Some people are against everything Trump says or does, even if they agree with it. Huckabee’s implication is despicable.
Trump was “explicitly clear in condemning what happened and the fact was he will never satisfy those who hate his every word,” Huckabee said.
No, in fact Trump was not explicit, nor was he clear. Nothing highlights this fact more than the White House–where Huckabee’s own daughter serves as press secretary–refused to go on record with Trump’s explicit condemnation.
“The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred,” the White House spokesperson stated. “Of course that includes white supremacists, [Ku Klux Klan], neo-nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”
Whoever said this refused to go on record, would not give his or her name, and would not give reporters in New Jersey a reason why the statement was unattributed, according to the Washington Examiner.
Why? It’s such a simple thing.
The KKK, neo-Nazis, and purveyors of evil, hateful ideologies, who would kill others because of the color of their skin, or ram their car into a crowd because of a political disagreement, must be specifically, unequivocally, condemned.
But here we are, with the Daily Stormer and KKK claiming victory.
Knowing Trump, we can expect some kind of bombshell to get the media to change the subject. But we must not change the subject here. Homegrown evil is a show stopper.
All the moral equivalence in the world, all the “but Obama…” whataboutisms, all the “Trump could never say enough” defense of the indefensible can’t and won’t get us beyond this open festering wound.
I don’t care if Antifa and BLM killed 10,000 times more people than white supremacists (they haven’t, but I used an extreme example on purpose). That would be like saying that Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro is okay because Pol Pot killed a million of his own countrymen.
Evil ideologies and those who espouse them, even if they voted to put someone into office, must be condemned. The fact that Trump has not done so indicates that he values their support more than he opposes their benighted ideals.
The fact that the White House staff is unwilling to attach a name to a statement of condemnation gives us the answer here. Shame on Mike Huckabee, and his daughter with him. Praise to Ivanka Trump for showing a modicum of courage. But I guess the president can’t fire his own daughter like he can fire Mike Huckabee’s.