16 Agosto 2017 09:59
Once again, the US president has illustrated his blatant racismAfter the whirlwind and terrifying events in Charlottesville over the weekend, where neo-nazis and white supremacists marched on the Virginia city, leaving one dead and 19 others injured, US President Donald Trump has once again failed to condemn the abhorrent actions of the ‘alt-right’. In a bizarre, jaw-dropping impromptu press conference in the foyer of Trump Tower yesterday (Monday), the inarticulate leader doubled down on his previous remarks that ‘many sides’ were to blame for the clashes. Social activist Heather Heyer was killed after a car allegedly plowed into counter protesters at the ‘Unite the Right’ rally. Adorned with tiki torches and Confederate flags, white supremacists stormed the liberal city of Charlottesville on Saturday, prompting a response from Trump that ignited worldwide backlash. He initially said ‘many sides’ were to blame, before releasing a reluctant statement on Monday, most likely upon recommendation from his advisors.
‘Racism is evil,’ the US president said at the White House. ‘And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.’Well, that wasn’t enough to clear the storm, as yesterday’s press conference revealed Trump for what he really is: a neo-Nazi sympathiser. And, declining to attack the ‘alt-right’, which his presidency has inarguably re-energised, he argued with reporters about the ‘alt-left’ onslaught that was apparently just as culpable. Equating counter protesters with violent white supremacists has, quite rightly, caused outrage across the world. Even senior Republican officials have denounced their president’s reaction to the calamitous events seen over the weekend. John McCain said on Twitter: ‘There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so.’ Senator Marco Rubio of Florida also called out Trump, tweeting: ‘Mr President, you can’t allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame. They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain.’ Even late night host Jimmy Kimmel dealt some unrelenting criticism to the people who voted for Trump in last year’s general election. During a scathing monologue, he said: ‘He (Trump) is, by every reasonable account — and I’m using his own favorite words here — a ‘total disaster.’… the truth is — and deep down inside you know you made a mistake, you know this is true – you made a mistake. You picked the wrong guy.’ #ImpeachTrump has quickly became number one trending topic on Twitter, but all the people around the world hoping the demagogue billionaire will be relinquished from his role soon will probably be disappointed. Even though Trump’s tenure in The White House has had more bumps than an airplane hitting a tornado, he will probably carry on in his ‘business as usual’ style for months and years to come. Right now, impeachment seems unlikely because it would require a majority in the House of Representatives to go to trial and a two-thirds majority in the Senate to make it happen. Both the House and the Senate are currently under Republican control, meaning that Trump's party would have to abandon him. Although there are vocal critics in the Republican Party, there are avid followers too.
With a neo-nazi sympathiser in the highest seat in the world, one thing is for sure: things are about to get a whole lot scarier.