The New York Times editorial board has taken President Trump to task for his “weak” response to the violence and murder in Charlottesville, declaring that what he did – and did not do – effectively had the effect of bolstering white nationalists, not stopping them.
“The neo-Nazi’s heard his message loud and clear,” charged the Times, noting the revolting white supremacist web site “The Daily Stormer” was full of praise for Trump after his initial statement failed to mention the KKK or neo-Nazis by name, and took pains to blame both sides for the violence.
“‘He didn’t attack us,’ crowed The Daily Stormer,'” wrote the NY Times editors, quoting the neo-Nazi mouthpiece as saying that Trump “refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him. No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”
After Trump’s lack of specific blame for the groups that incited the incidents, the White Hosue did put out a statement on Sunday naming some names – without any direct attribution to Trump,
In an article on Saturday, the New York Times reported on the negative reaction to Trump’s weak initial statement: “Mr, Trump’s high-volume outbursts on issues petty and profound have become a defining feature of his presidency. But his quiescence on the violence in Charlottesville has had, in many ways, a more profound and unsettling effect.”
“The president’s reluctance to speak out with force and moral indignation against the white nationalists who incited the most serious racial episode of his pregnancy elicited deep feelings of disappointment spanning the ideological spectrum, and a spreading sense that he had squandered a critical opportunity to empathize, unite and move beyond the acrimony that has engulfed the White House and country.”
“Mr. Trump’s high-volume outbursts on issues petty and profound have become a defining feature of his presidency,” wrote The New York Times. “But his quiescence on the violence in Charlottesville has had, in many ways, a more profound and unsettling effect.”
Trump surrogates went on the Sunday talk shows defending his response and on Monday, Trump made another half ass statement, after touting how brilliantly the economy was doing under his presidency
But he didn’t fool many people and he certainly did not fool the New York Times editors, who have had to suffer under a barrage of charges that they are a failing news outlet which puts out fake news.
In fact, the New York Times continues to be a beacon of good journalism and ironically, thanks to Trump’s crazy antics and frequent falsehoods, is doing better than ever as a business, with subscriptions up sharply.
So the Times lashed into Trump not only for this incident but for his whole campaign and presidency, which has worked to raise the level of hatred in America, not dampen it.
“Mr. Trump is alone in modern presidential history in his willingness to summon demons of bigotry and intolerance in service of himself,” wrote the Times editors. “He began his political career on a lie about President Barack Obama’s citizenship and has failed to firmly condemn the words and deeds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan leaders and other bigots who rallied behind him.
“A number of these people, including David Duke, the former Klan imperial wizard, and Richard Spencer, self-styled theorist of the alt-right, were part of the amen chorus of bigots in Charlottesville.”
The New York Times editors noted that Duke’s response was, “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump.”
The Times editors note that Trump has shown no such hesitancy when it comes to calling out Islamic terrorism. Trump also failed to respond promptly to an attack on a mosque in Minnesota, and allowed his in-house Nazi, Sebastian Gorka, to suggest on CNN that it was really a “fake hate crime.”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 14, 2017
In the case of Charlottesville, however, Trump and his administration would not to even refer to it for what it was, domestic terrorism, even after they were shamed into naming the names of the groups that organized the protest against the removal of a statue of a Confederate general.
Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, an avowed “nationalist,” whose work while at the right wing Breitbart website frequently supported the far out extreme racist elements, was silent over the weekend, although he apparently did discuss with the president what he should say – which may explain why it was more a nod to them than a condemnation.
Ivanka Trump, who was supposed to be a moderating influence on her unpredictable, impulsive father, was the highest ranking administration official to say out loud what was happening. She put out a single tweet:
1:2 There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 13, 2017
The Times editors sniped at Ivanka saying, she was “apparently blind to her father’s accommodation of those forces.”
The Times editors noted that a “handful of congressional Republicans have condemned the hate on display in Charlottesville, and in our politics. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado said of white supremacists, ‘We don’t want them in our base, they shouldn’t be in a base, we shouldn’t call them part of a base.”
“But Mr. Trump does,” concluded the Times editors, “and in his desperation to rescue his failing presidency, he again clung to them.”
Trump likes to pretend that there is widespread support for his actions, which have hurt America in so many profound ways from the environment to education to health care. However, as the Times editors show, he is only fooling the fools who voted for him and still support him, despite the failures, lies, racial slurs and his foreign affairs fumbles.
Trump will continue to refer to The New York Times as “failing” because that is what he does and there is no sign he will change course now. The truth, as the Times points out, is that it is his presidency that is failing, and as he grows more desperate, it only gets worse.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 14, 2017