While President Trump quibbles and draws criticism for his inability to specifically call out white nationalists, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking a more forceful position.
According to a report in the New York Times this morning, Sessions has called the attack “evil,” and says it meets the definition of an act of domestic terrorism.
Said Sessions on Monday morning:
“It does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute,” Mr. Sessions said on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” referring to a fatal attack on Saturday when a vehicle drove into a crowd protesting white nationalists, killing one woman and injuring others. A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in a death.
“You can be sure we will charge and advance the investigation toward the most serious charges that can be brought because this is unequivocally an unacceptable evil attack,” Mr. Sessions said, adding that terrorism and civil rights investigators were working on the case.
Indeed, the horrifying event in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, as well as the subsequent remarks by President Trump, where he condemned the hate and violence on “many sides,” rather than specifically calling out the white nationalist element involved in the turmoil has opened heated debate about how best to address the problem of a society that is fracturing along lines of race and political ideology.
It also prompts discussion about our nation’s past, as the continued march of the left, and the acquiescence of some Republican lawmakers, to scrub away any reminders of a national past that is uncomfortable for some, but heritage and pride for others will only cause harsh feelings to continue.
We’re not going to be able to keep everyone happy, until people learn to listen and respect the opinions and feelings of those with opposing views.
And when has that ever happened?