After the predictable violence that broke out in the wake of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia left at least one person dead and 19 injured, President Trump refused to condemn the white supremacists perpetrators who fueled his rise to the presidency.
Legendary journalist and anchor Dan Rather was incensed by the president’s deafening silence and quickly took to Facebook with the below response. Rather has been on the journalistic front lines of decades of American progress, and his urgent concern has important value as he watches this painful national regression.
His powerful words are below:
What has unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia today is a national tragedy fueled by bigotry, white nationalism, and home grown terrorism.
Freedom of speech is not a license for the incitement of violence. And the neo-Nazis and KKK members who gathered are anathema to everything this country should stand for.
For too long President Trump was silent. But when he did speak his refusal to call out the hatred for what it is, and his general message of false equivalence was disgusting and counterproductive. “This egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.” That’s a dangerous misrepresentation of history from a politician who has bigotry as a large part of his base.
All decent Americans of all political persuasions cannot allow these actions to remain unchallenged – both the hatred on display in Charlottesville and the rhetoric of the President.