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Trump Veers Off Agenda by Relitigating Charlottesville in Phoenix

29 Agosto 2017, 05:12 | Bibiana Flor

Trump Veers Off Agenda by Relitigating Charlottesville in Phoenix

Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville

Among the odder parts of Tuesday night's rally was the way President Trump repeatedly seemed to be having internal conversations with his staff out loud.

"The president then spent at least 15 minutes or more greeting Marines and their families and signing an autograph or two on their camouflage hats, at a chain-link fence next to AF1 in what had to be the hottest rope line ever", Boyer wrote. In fact, about the only time he mentioned the racial tensions and violence stirred up last week was in the context of defending himself. But he said that "no one issue should define anyone and certainly no one statement should define anyone".

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", he said in keeping with his Swiss neutrality. So what did they say, right?

Tom Larson, an actual KKK member - the imperial wizard of the East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire - spoke approvingly of Trump's condemnation of the so-called "alt-left".

At Phoenix though, he blamed the media for not reporting the whole truth. This President's politics of exclusion returns the country to a time when America wasn't great and challenges the American commitment to fair play and substantial justice.

-Accused the media of turning "a blind eye" to gang violence-Accused the media of "trying to take away our history and heritage" (re: Confederate statues that states and cities are taking down after Charlottesville). I got them all in there, let's say.


So while we may vehemently disagree with white nationalism, racism and neo-Nazism - all of which I find reprehensible - we need to acknowledge that both sides were at fault.

Fischer also decried the influence of what she described as "elites" in the media, who, she said, fail to tell the whole story.

Returning to the Phoenix Convention Center, where in July 2015 he held the first fiery mega-rally of his upstart campaign, Trump waxed about the good old days - back before he slandered the media as "fake news", back when he had a love-hate-but-mostly-love relationship with the news outlets showering his candidacy with attention. Why wasn't he more specific?' " Trump said.

It began with what was billed as a "Unite the Right" rally to block the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from newly renamed Emancipation Park, with participants marching in a torchlight parade reminiscent of the Hitler Youth demonstrations in Nazi Germany, as others waved Confederate flags, brandished Nazi symbols and shouted anti-Semitic epithets. And it's not divided over how the president responded.

Approval of the president's response to Charlottesville stood at just 28 percent, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Trump's response was just the latest in a still-young presidency marked by tumult and self-inflicted wounds.


"The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful", Sen.

Graham said he does not think Trump is a racist, but said the president has said things that make "a lot of people that are racist believe he is their guy".

"I don't worry about it at all", Flake said. "There is not a moral equivalence between those who oppose neo-Nazism, those who oppose white supremacy, those who oppose fascism and those who engage in it and support it".

Angered that his first effort to console was deemed insufficient, Trump reacted as he usually does, with angry conviction that he is always right and, once again, being unjustifiably criticized. "Nor will he", he tweeted.

As I mourned the latest Islamic terror attack, this time in Barcelona, Spain, I noticed that virtually all media listings of prior terror attacks where vehicles were used as weapons failed to mention even one of the auto, truck, bulldozer, bus, and other vehicle rammings that take routinely place in Israel.

Could he endorse Kelli Ward or another Republican challenger to Arizona Sen. He also referenced brain cancer-stricken McCain's vote against a Senate GOP Obamacare repeal, without mentioning either man by name.




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