From ‘Many’ to ‘Both Sides,’ Trump Fails to Stand on the One Side the Country Cares About

President Trump doubled down on his initial remarks he gave last Saturday in reaction to the violence that took place in Charlottesville, VA. Over the weekend, he condemned the “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” and yesterday at the press conference he gave at Trump Tower he said he believes “there’s blame on both sides.” Giving that impromptu press conference, the statement he made on Monday where he actually called out the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists has essentially become meaningless. His staff practically twisted his arm to make those remarks. To him, it was a chore to shame the white nationalists and he basically admitted on Twitter that he only made the statement to please the media. What’s so Continue reading "From ‘Many’ to ‘Both Sides,’ Trump Fails to Stand on the One Side the Country Cares About"

White House Official Doubles Down on Trump’s Blaming of ‘Many Sides’ for Violence

Almost immediately after President Donald Trump condemned what he saw as the “many sides” to blame for today’s violent unrest in Charlottesville, political reporters expressed curiosity on what exactly he meant. The ugly events occurred in reaction to a group of White Nationalists protesting and counter-protesters showing up to express their disgust.

The fact that the President refused to express specific condemnation for the hate group at the center of these events, and instead blaming both sides was seen by critics as a “dog whistle” appealing to a racist base of support or an “awful false equivalency.

MSNBC’s White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson sought specific clarification from a White House official, which she then reported on Twitter:

“The president was Continue reading "White House Official Doubles Down on Trump’s Blaming of ‘Many Sides’ for Violence"