Over the past few years, President Donald Trump has bashed Anderson Cooper, the family of a Muslim military veteran who was killed in action, Whoopi Goldberg, Nordstrom, opinion polls, and many other individuals and groups. But when it comes to white supremacists his comments are typically tepid.
For example, in response to the chaos and violence caused by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the Ku Klux Klan last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump gave a statement that didn’t blame anyone in particular.
When he appeared on CNN’s State of the Union in February last year, host Jake Tapper gave him what should have been a pretty easy task: condemn the KKK. Trump dodged.
David Duke, the former Klan Imperial Wizard and a major figure in the white supremacist movement who was in Charlottesville last weekend, can read the tealeaves.
He said, “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump...that’s why we voted for Donald Trump.”
The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website crowed, “He (Trump) didn’t attack us. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really, good. God bless him.”
Even though Trump’s advisors pushed him to condemn white racism earlier this week, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to conclude that with the Klan and neo-Nazis openly proclaiming their allegiance to Trump, and with the president’s instinct to go along with their encomiums, the White House has become the White Supremacists’ House.
Martin H. Levinson