In a contemptible sin of omission, President Trump Saturday failed to single out the hatred of white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend in a rally that ended up in violence that left three people dead, including one who died in an act of domestic terrorism when a car rolled into a crowd and two police officers whose helicopter crashed.
No doubt, Trump is correct in condemning “hate on all sides,” as he did in a tweet Saturday. Hatred and violence that emanate from the Left is somehow viewed as either justified or the act of lone, deranged people. Barack Obama needs to think about his role in fostering racial division and attacks against police by his own statements and offers of sympathy for those who committed violence even before the facts were in.
But Saturday, white supremacists, some of whom were wearing Trump’s hats, basked in their own evil in Charlottesville. He needs to make clear he has nothing to do with them and that he doesn’t want their votes. And if his failure to speak is driven by a craven desire for these people’s political support, then he is hardly the fearless leader he claims to be.