Charlottesville Mayor RIPS Trump; Blame for Hate Epidemic Lies at ‘Doorstep of the White House’
It was a well-reported fact by The New Yorker back in November 2016 that hate crimes had increased following Donald Trump’s election to President of the United States. He had a run a campaign that gained millions of dollars in media coverage solely because he was able to breach the cultural sphere with his course language and proposals. From calling most Mexicans rapists that needed to be blocked off through the construction of a large wall to banning Muslims from entering the country solely because of their religion, Trump was saying everything that reactionaries in this country had been advocating for in the decades since the Civil Rights Movement.
Trump brought out a lot of ugly people in the US- people once thought to have retreated into the recesses of rural America. Not only were there KKK marches planned following his successful election, but his selection for White House Chief Strategist was none other than alt-right advocate Steve Bannon, famous for getting cozy with bigots back in the day.
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The President, to his credit, has condemned this growing seed several times over the course of his first 100 days, but that does not come close to countering the level of vitriol he inspires on a day-by-day basis. From name-calling people to attacking the news media, this is a man who promotes the worst human qualities while holding the bully pulpit of the Oval Office.
We saw this come together yesterday during a horribly violent protest at the University of Virginia. Dubbed the “Unite the Right,” protesters from all sides of the far-right arrived in droves to fight the removal of the Robert Edward Lee Sculpture from Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. What could have been a peaceful assembly turned into a violent riot as counter-protesters showed up. No doubt angered by this show of progressivism, a vehicle was charged into the counter group, causing at least 20 casualties, while a state helicopter that tried to monitor the situation was brought down, killing its two officers in the process.
At a press conference today, the President once again condemned the attacks, though he was sure to make it sound all-encompassing as though both sides were equal in this incident. The fact of the matter is this was a by-product of the venom Trump brought out during the campaign trail and his subsequent presidency. And one person who recognizes that is Charlottesville’s mayor Michael Signer. Speaking to the public, Signer had this to say about Trump and the United the Right rally:
“I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you’re seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president.”
We agree with the mayor. Unless Trump turns things around, there are only going to be more domestic terrorist activities under his first term.
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