Prominent members of the Republican Party, and far too many in the conservative movement, are playing into the hands of the Alt-“Right” and the radical Left in their well-intentioned, but ultimately misguided reactions to President Trump’s Tuesday press conference.
To be sure, the president should be heavily criticized for his oft-confusing and cringe-inducing excuses for neglecting to condemn the violent groups by name immediately. In particular, the point the president made about “fine people on both sides” when the sides were neo-Nazis and Antifa anarchists was sloppy and ill-conceived.
Obviously, there are decent people of every creed and color who believe it is wrong to remove Confederate statues, but the angry white boys waving tiki torches and chanting “blood and soil” have no claim to decency. Their racism is vile, and evil.
The Alt-“Right” bears responsibility for the worst of the violence — the terror attack allegedly perpetrated by James Alex Fields Jr., a neo-Nazi. But the evil racists were not the only ones contributing to the violence in Charlottesville Saturday, and does not absolve the evil actions of Antifa — the notoriously violent “anti-fascists” garbed in black masks, armed with clubs and pepper spray.
President Trump made this point on Saturday, on Monday, and on Tuesday, condemning “both sides” for the despicable breakdown of civil society. For this, the president was blasted by several prominent Republicans, and conservatives in the media. Astonishingly, some even defended Antifa as “counter-protesters,” defining their cause as opposing bigotry.
The organizers of events which inspired & led to #charlottesvilleterroristattack are 100% to blame for a number of reasons. 1/6— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 15, 2017
They are adherents of an evil ideology which argues certain people are inferior because of race, ethnicity or nation of origin. 2/6— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 15, 2017
When entire movement built on anger & hatred towards people different than you,it justifies & ultimately leads to violence against them 3/6— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 15, 2017
Mr. President,you can't allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame.They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain 5/6— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 15, 2017
The #WhiteSupremacy groups will see being assigned only 50% of blame as a win.We can not allow this old evil to be resurrected 6/6— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 15, 2017
No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 16, 2017
There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 16, 2017
Let's get real. pic.twitter.com/vM8gJ8lWrc— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) August 15, 2017
Are these Republicans and others ignorant of what Antifa is? Antifa, short for “anti-fascism,” is the guise under which a collective of self-described anarchists, socialists, communists, and other disparate factions of the far-Left band together anonymously to use violence and intimidation to silence their political opponents. They have as their goal the destruction of the civil society.
How do we stop the mainstream media from warping the national narrative? We push back together. With the truth.
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