Trump is criticized for not calling out white supremacists


Charlottesville protests on Saturday, August 12th.

Kaylee Bowman , Reporter

     Donald Trump, United States President, is almost never reluctant to share his opinion, but is now reconsidering how he addressed the violence of the white supremacist rally which left one killed and 19 injured after a KKK member plowed into the crowd with his car.

     Trump is commonly known for his inconsistent views, but his recent comments take the deviations to a whole other level.

     “I think there is blame on both sides,” the president said, “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.”

     Yes, both sides nearing the end of the rally turned violent, but in the beginning, the white supremacist’s main goal was to spread hate. The fact that the president, who is often seen as racist, misogynistic, etc., did not defend the peaceful protesters gave any sane person a reason to dislike him. Trump supported the anti-Semites with his comments. His argument was supported by the first amendment, which allows freedom of religion and the privilege to voice religious beliefs. This amendment, yes, it is what defines our country, but also in extreme cases should be prohibited. White supremacists are using it as an excuse to spread violence mimicking the actions of terrorists overseas. If our president can support this, he does not speak for our country as a whole, but in whatever group appeals to him at a given time. Trump is a self-serving individual that does not do what is right for the majority, but for himself. That point has been proven multiple time by his actions from hiring his family and personal friends, who are unqualified to work within the government, and also by his nuclear war threats towards North Korea.

     Trump was bashed for his comments by the public and many government officials including Senator Cory Gardner, Republican from Colorado, who oversees the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign arm of the Senate Republicans. He urges Trump to address white supremacist groups by their name – evil. The majority of the public agreed with the senator as they should. Neo-nazis and the KKK have no place in modern society with their outdated views. The rise in racism and violence traced back to racial views have strongly increased since Trump began his campaign for office. President Trump should be labeled evil alongside the anti-Semites. It can be argued that he, himself, did not spread this hate, but by not challenging it, for the better of American people, he has committed a crime.

     Barack Obama, 44th POTUS, tweeted a Nelson Mandela quote in support of the activists.

     “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion….For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

     This tweet has become the most liked post on twitter. It appeals to most people unless they do not have a sense of sanity. Obama dislikes Trump but has never attacked him for positive recognition from the public. Obama speaks for the people as a whole. Even beyond his presidency, he continues to bring people together with his words. This is a gift the past president has; whereas, Trump seems to lack in this ability.

     Trump, with his ever changing opinion, has now decided to back the protesters.

     “Our great country has been divided for decades,” Trump wrote. “Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, and we will heal, and be stronger than ever before! I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate,” he continued. “Our country will soon come together as one!”
     Along with his recent comments, he also invited the woman who died in the violent protests, Heather Heyer’s, family to visit him in the White house. The family has yet to get back to President Trump with a date. Many are outraged due to Trump’s actions;  him switching opinions. His new look on the situation should be supported although it is only for public affection.

     Although Trump may not help the effort to decrease the hate within the country for the majority, at least he is not continuing to spread it once again. The people must spread love as a country if they wish for anything to change. Love heals the broken no matter the level of difficulty.