Some fellow Republicans criticized Donald Trump’s remarks on Tuesday, in which he returned to blaming “both sides” for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, while others instead broadly denounced bigotry, signs of a possible rift among elected Republicans.
No elected officials went so far as to defend Trump outright after his comments, including his insistence that some of those participating in a “Unite the Right” protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee in Charlottesville were not neo-Nazis or white supremacists.
If they’re trying to unite the right then one would rather assume that they’re trying to unite different factions, racists, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other groupuscules on the right as well. Unite the left does mean that all from social democrats through to the Stalinists, doesn’t it?
Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, the leader of the moderate Tuesday group who also didn’t back Trump in 2016, shared this criticism. He tweeted “@POTUS must stop the moral equivalency! AGAIN, white supremacists were to blame for the violence in #Charlottesville.”
Actually, as far as I’ve seen at least, the car incident was the result of someone with rather more issues that just being a fascist activist – which he also appears to have been – :
Fields, according to records from the Florence Police Department in Kentucky, was previously accused of beating his mother and threatening her with a knife in 2011. The mother, Samantha Bloom, who is disabled and uses a wheelchair, told police he stood behind her wielding a 12-inch knife.
Bloom said that in another incident in 2010, Fields smacked her in the head and locked her in the bathroom after she told him to stop playing video games. Bloom told officers Fields was on medication to control his temper.
My initial, and near entirely uninformed of course, thought would be nutter who has found a cause rather than the other way around. We also have reasonably good evidence that the vast majority there were not in fact murderous. There were, as many have noted, rather a lot of guns around and so far at least I’ve not heard about any gunfire and certainly not of any gunfire injuries.
Yes, of course neo-Nazis are pinheads but heavily armed idiots not opening fire does tell us something.