|Donald Trump smirks at the hate he has used and |
inflamed, as decent Republicans such as
Richard Painter condemn the resulting "fascism."
"Let us face the facts. This is a harvest. It is the crop of things sown."
— Ralph McGill, Atlanta Constitution, Oct. 13, 1958. A Church, A School---
Donald Trump and his Make-America-Great-Again movement got one thing right about the Charlottesville terror-fest they have wrought, responsible for three deaths and dozens sent to the hospital, (New York Times): White Supremacist terror has been going on for a long time in our country.
Trump should know about terror. The Alt Right is a critical part of the Trump adminstration, so any direct condemnation of the white supremacists would be ironic.
Trump has used white supremacist hate for years, inflamed hate, and then congratulated himself on his targeted political-marketing perspicuity.
The White House Charlottesville statement's appeasing equivocation and minimization should signal where America is headed: A bombing of a Mosque in Minnesota, hate murder in Portland, too much hate to list and quantify.
"It is not possible to preach lawlessness and restrict it," warned the southern civil rights writer, Ralph McGill, in 1958.
But that was a different era, and in the words of our friend, Mikey Weinstein, "it's far worse" today (Mal Contends). Weinstein's words were in 2008.
Today, the unite-the-right rally with White House flacking should send the message that the forces of hate are loosed.