A nation will long remember with shame and sorrow that when white supremacists descended on the college town of Charlottesville, Va., in fury over threatened removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, when they taunted objectors with Nazi slogans and anti-Semitic tirades, when a deranged member of their ranks sped his car into a crowd and left a woman dead and many injured, the President of the United States saw not an assault on fellow Americans, but a clash of hate upon hate, violence upon violence, bigotry upon bigotry.
The President condemned the ugliness — “On many sides,” a phrase for the ages.
Not as the doings of self-professed Nazis. Not as wrought by organizers who included ex-Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, who said the event served “to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.” Not fueled by fiends seeking to restore the long-defeated Confederacy.
That “side” — the remnant of the original sin of this great nation — has been responsible for lynchings, cross burnings, church bombings and other examples of domestic terrorism.
Trump never uttered a word in his remarks and tweets about the nature of the march, the source of provocation that by Saturday’s end had also left two police officers dead in a helicopter crash. He tolerated Duke’s support as a candidate and evinced no intention of shirking him now, with blood in the streets.
The President’s revisionism is of a piece with his move to revamp the federal Countering Violent Extremism Program to focus only on Islamic terrorism, excluding white supremacists, and his close counsel from Steve Bannon, Sebastian…
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