Saturday, August 19, 2017

What the President Said Is True, Whether You Like It Or Not

The President saying there were “good people on both sides” of the Charlottesville protest may be the stupidest thing of all stupid things the man has said. No one should and no one (to my knowledge) is defending that.
The other thing the President said, the thing that is actually generating way more outrage in the media, is actually true. The President again condemned the white supremacists by name as the press has wanted him to do. But he also pointed out there were violent people on the other side who showed up looking for a fight.
As I wrote in the New York Times on Sunday, President Trump should have called out the white supremacists by name on Saturday. No one else would have been there but for them. They caused the situation. And I do think Marco Rubio is right that dividing up the blame allows the white supremacists to hear that it was not them, but someone else causing the problem.
Antifa is on the opposite side of the white supremacists on the same coin. They contributed to the escalation in Charlottesville. They sent people bleeding to the hospital too. And the left assigns their violence an unjustified morality. Fortunately for them, they did not kill anyone this time and it is fair to say we should focus on the white supremacists this time. It is also fair to note Antifa has been repeatedly violent and the media abjectly refuses to give them significant coverage despite their repeated violent protests.
In fact, it seems one of the biggest problems with having Donald Trump as the messenger is that he is so flawed he allows the press and others, even people like Mitt Romney, to give Antifa and violent leftwing activists a pass they should not get. The President has so mishandled the situation that he is allowing bad guys to be cast as either innocent or as heroes when they intended and did further escalate the situation in Charlottesville. If the President had done what he needed to do on Saturday and call out the white supremacists by name, the media cycle would have been different. How do I know? Because he held his press conference before the young lady was killed. His moral clarity occuring before that happened would have changed the way the story was covered.
But he did not do that. In fact, he has made the situation even worse and no doubt emboldened the white supremacists.
Still, President Trump raised two fair and true points. --->
Read the rest from Erick Erickson HERE.

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