I had planned to ignore the obvious bias of the coverage on this debacle, but the coverage from the left and the right has been so ludicrous and one sided that I must comment to point out the hypocrisy. First, Trump’s first statement was just fine. He called out the both the alt-right and the alt-left. That was entirely appropriate. Both are despicable!
Unsurprisingly, both the left MSM and Dems went ballistic because you’re not allowed to point out the violence of the alt-left. Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and the New Black Panthers (given a pass by Obama and Holder for outright voter intimidation) are all violent organizations. Let’s not forget Ferguson, Berkeley, Dallas and Baltimore to name a few. What is truly surprising to me is the cowardice of the swamp Republicans. They jumped on the only one side is violent bandwagon.
Now to be perfectly honest, I would have preferred Trump to have called out the KKK and white supremacists explicitly. But he should have also explicitly called out at least Antifa also. And you have to know that I would have loved to hear him not only condemn the KKK but point out to Schumer and Pelosi and Maxine Waters that the KKK was set up by post Civil War Dems as the enforcement arm for their Jim Crow laws. Quit giving the Dems a pass on their racist roots.
The other thing I would have loved for Trump to do would have been to call out the Democratic politicians who had the police stay out of the fray so that the alt-left could engage in mayhem, just like in Ferguson, Baltimore and Berkeley. According to what I’ve seen, the left started the violence and the police were part of the problem. Eyewitnesses said that if the police had removed barricades to the north of the park, the alt-right idiots could have left without confrontation. Instead they were forced into a gauntlet of Antifa thugs resulting in the mayhem with which we are all familiar.
One thing completely ignored in virtually all the reporting is the fact that the alt-right idiots had the Constitutional right to have their march. This is protected First Amendment activity. The sensible thing would have let them march and ignored them. But that would have not furthered their violent and anti-free speech agenda. The First Amendment stands for the proposition that not only do you have the right to voice your opinions, but those who you utterly deplore and with whom you you vehemently disagree also have the right to express their stupid opinions.
Back in the late 70’s a Nazi group wanted to march through a neighborhood in Skokie, Illinois that contained a significant number of Holocaust survivors and the Supremes said that was their constitutional right. If you ignore nonsene like this it has no impact. Making a big deal of it gives these idiots credibility with the ignorant.
Lastly, I am sick and tired of people on the left and right claiming Trump was too slow to condemn the KKK etc. Where were these idiots when Obama refused to call out Islamic terrorists when they murdered people at Fort Hood, San Berandino and Orlando while shouting Allahu Akbar. You spineless Republicans are just as bad.
DRAIN THE SWAMP!!