temporal1 wrote:the press and the DNC are so hate-filled toward Trump, they have zero tolerance for anything that might be construed as a Trump success.
it's not speculation, they make their stated position clear every day. in the U.S., and abroad.
when that's ^^^ where you're at, you have no credibility.
News flash: Donald Trump is President of the United States, and the Republicans control both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Russian investigation is being protected by the Republicans, and is not under the control of the Democrats. I think we need to treat Donald Trump like any other president, and assume that he is responsible for his own actions, behavior, and accomplishments.
So what do Republican readers think of his handling of Charlottesville? Well, we could ask the leaders of the House and the Senate, the Bush presidents, the last Republican presidential candidate ... they don't have any problem condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists, they don't see the "moral equivalency" that Trump claims to see.
George W and George HW Bush wrote:America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms. As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city's most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: We are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country.
John McCain wrote:There’s no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so.
Mitt Romney wrote:No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.
Linday Graham wrote:Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer. I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency. He continued: “Many Republicans do not agree with and will fight back against the idea that the Party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world.
Paul Ryan wrote:We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.
See Paul Ryan's Twitter feed for context.
Marco Rubio wrote:The organizers of events which inspired & led to #charlottesvilleterroristattack are 100% to blame for a number of reasons.
Marco Rubio's Twitter feed for context.
Jeb Bush wrote:I urge @POTUS to unite the country, not parse the assignment of blame for the events in Charlottesville. 2/3
See https://twitter.com/JebBush/status/8976 ... wsrc%5Etfw.
Mitch Mcconnell wrote:We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred. There are no good neo-Nazis, and those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. We all have a responsibility to stand against hate and violence, wherever it raises its evil head.
Jeff Flake wrote:We can't accept excuses for white supremacy & acts of domestic terrorism. We must condemn. Period.
Or there's his council of CEOs:
Trump disbands economic councils as CEOs flee
It would be really, really easy to find statements like these from most Republicans of any stature. Condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists is supposed to be the easy stuff. Almost any other Republican leader would have done that, clearly and forcefully, long before now.
When Nazis and white supremacists repeatedly claim that they elected Trump, that they stand for the same thing he does, it would be great to see Donald Trump renounce that, tell America that he does not stand for what they stand for, and ask them to stop using his name to support their agenda.