Trump Just Triple Downed On Hate With Remarkably Insensitive Tweets About Confederate Statues

Trump Just Triple Downed On Hate With Remarkably Insensitive Tweets About Confederate Statues

Trump Continues to Confuse The Founding Fathers with the Confederacy

By now we all know he’ll never learn. Just when we think we’ve seen the most tumultuous week of the Donald Trump Presidency, a new week begins. If it seems like years ago that you were worried about a nuclear war with North Korea, that’s mentally understandable but factually inaccurate. As hard as it is to fathom, that was only last week. And the latest in the Russia investigation? Ditto. But following the white nationalist uprising in Charlottesville on August 12, the president seems to be hellbent on relitigating the events and analysis of the Civil War — even though members of his own party continue to beg him to shut up. And as the calendar continues to flip, the hate speech shows no sign of slowing down.

The president began his day (on Twitter, of course) attacking his intra-party critics. He called Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) “publicity seeking“. Then he moved on to Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) who he called – with a stroke of brilliant originality – a “Flake“. In-between, he was sure to get in his ritualistic criticism of his so-called “Fake News” — the 92nd time since Inauguration Day he’s tweeted “Fake News” or “Fake Media”.

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Most of that is to be expected. His defense of Confederate statues and Monuments, however, is another story. The President was lambasted for initially refusing to call out the white supremacists, Nazis, and Neo-Confederates who caused the Charlottesville conflict that led to the murder of Heather Heyer. After an attempt to clean up his mistake two days later by condemning the hate groups, he made matters infinitely worse by saying “both sides” in the Nazi vs Anti-Nazi confrontation were to blame for the tragedy.

Thursday morning brought more of the same, as Trump lashed out on twitter against the growing national acceptance that it’s time for statues and monuments honoring the Confederacy to come down.

There is nothing beautiful about hate, Mr. Trump. Calling them “beautiful” when they continue to cause pain and anguish that you could never imagine to so many Americans might possibly be the most insensitive remark of your presidency — no small feat, just ask Mika Brzezinski. And there are countless prominent figures in American history who can replace these agents of white nationalism and sedition.

Thankfully, you will never be one of them.

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Ed Hanratty is a Reverb Press contributor and freelance political journalist. A lifelong New Jerseyan, he prides himself on having just enough Garden State sarcasm and skepticism to keep his bleeding heart in check. Keep up with Ed’s work and random ramblings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the links below…but not Snapchat — that’s where he’s decided to draw the social media line. (For Now)