President Trump is not helping himself, when it comes to the horrific situation that went down in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.
His first statements on the violence in Charlottesville condemned the “many sides” of the conflict, without calling out the white nationalist element, specifically. His reluctance to call them out caused fellow Republicans to step forward and demand he speak up, while commenters on the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, expressed relief that the president seemed to be avoiding calling them out.
We can assume it’s because of the outrage from media and even his own party, that Trump spoke this afternoon, and in doing so, he finally called out white nationalists, by name.
Except he didn’t just call them out. He wanted to talk about his jobs numbers and the economy first, and there are many who feel that shows his reluctance, or even a lack of urgency on his part that was insulting.
“We are told by our White House team — and this is as telling as it gets — the president insisted on putting those economic remarks at the top of his statement before he got to the events in Charlottesville, before he got to his denunciation of the KKK and other hate groups,” host John King reported on CNN’s “Inside Politics.”
“That was the president’s call,” King added.
I get the outrage.
He took the path of, “I’m going to pat myself on the back first, then I’ll talk about your concerns.”
Feelings are raw in the nation, right now. As president, the thought was that Trump should have been more concerned with calming tensions than bragging on himself.
Had he done so, however, it would have been extremely out of character.
One woman, 32-year old Heather Heyer, was killed when a car crashed through a crowd of counter-protesters.
James Alex Fields, a 20-year old white nationalist, was arrested on charges of second-degree murder.