After the predictable violence that erupted from a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and wounded 19 others, President Trump declined to condemn white racist hate or the perpetrators of the carnage.
Trump’s failure to condemn neo-Nazis in the wake of blood shed has caused some, though far from all, of his supporters to express concern over his moral cowardice. But the White House is standing firm. (Three tweets below.)
In a series of statements to reporters, White House officials gave defensive statement that tried to excuse Trump’s inexcusable gift to his racist base.
This statement blaming the victims of the violence prompted former Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor to say, “I would quit before putting out a statement like this. Utterly shameful.”
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) August 12, 2017
This next one, tried to explain that the president actually meant all the things that a reasonable person would have said but didn’t:
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) August 13, 2017
In this last statement, a Trump official told Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman that an imaginary leftist mob was just as responsible for the violence as the white supremacist terrorists who actually caused it. The White House has gotten repeated second chances to right Trump’s horrendous wrong, and each time, they have only made it worse.
When I asked senior WH official why Trump didn't condemn Cville Nazis, he said: "What about the leftist mob. Just as violent if not more so"
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) August 13, 2017