THE NEW NORMAL: Trump "Licenses" Hate Groups, Giving Validation, A Divider In Chief
In A Land Where The Government Once Stood Up Against Racism And Bigotry, Nazism, the Klu Klux Klan And White Supremacy - "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." - No More? WV's Three Republican Congressmen Stay Mute
By Bob Weaver
West Virginia Council of Churches has condemned the violence in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend, while President Donald Trump catered to hate groups, part of his base.
Will the Higher Power intervene on a nation built on Christian principles?
Trump's words on Charlottesville "caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn," the 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said.
For many years the West Virginia Council of Churches has lamented the deterioration of political debate in our society as it is expressed through the demonization of political adversaries, falsehood masquerading as truth for political gain, and the corrosive effect of anonymous money.
"All of these have a negative influence on public trust and the participation of citizens in the political process. We call for civility, mutual respect, financial transparency, disclosure, and truth telling in campaigning and other forms of political activity."
"We unequivocally reaffirm our belief that Black lives do matter and that our country must come to terms with the racism endemic in our society," said the Council.
President Trump reverted Tuesday to blaming both sides for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, speaking to his base.
While House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) said, "White Supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity."
Sen. Marco Rubio said, "The organizers of events which inspired & led to Charlottesville terrorist attack are 100% to blame... They are adherents of an evil ideology which argues certain people are inferior because of race, ethnicity or nation of origin."
Michael Signer, the Jewish mayor of Charlottesville, said the KKK and Neo-Nazis hate Jews just as much as they hate black people. The stuff with this group online about Jews is unbelievable, bloodcurdling."
Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush say in a joint statement that "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms."
The New York City rabbi Emeritus Haskel Lookstein who assisted Ivanka Trump during her 2010 conversion to Judaism released a scathing denouncement of President Trump's response to violence in Charlottesvile.
Jon Meacham, a historian and biographer of President George H.W. Bush, said that President Trump has "moved the goalpoast of civilized society."
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., hammered Trump for his remarks that there were "very fine people" among the neo-Nazi protesters.
The three WV Republican members of the US House remained silent, fearful of WV voters if they denounce Trump, racism and bigotry.
All military chiefs of the US armed forces have publicly denounced racism and bigotry, while Trump's base cheer him on.
Neo-Nazi groups share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, while they also hate other minorities, gays, blacks and are focused on the revolutionary creation of a fascist political state.
Trump said that blame for the violence in the city - which also took the lives of a protester and two Virginia state troopers when their helicopter crashed - should also be on people from "the left" who came to oppose the White Supremacists.
Trump criticized "alt-left" groups that he claimed were "very, very violent" when they sought to confront the white nationalists, KKK and Nazi groups, who were carrying torches with Nazi and KKK flags.
The Klan have advocated extremist reactionary positions such as white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration, anti-Catholicism and anti-semitism and terrorismÂ—both physical assault and murderÂ—against groups or individuals whom they opposed.
Trump said there is "blame on both sides."
Trump, returning to his initial feelings about the subject, indicated moral equivalency between the protesters and the Neo-Nazis, Klu Klux Klan and White Supremacists.
"There are two sides to a story," Trump said, essentially defending the White Supremacists.
"I thought what took place was horrible moment for our country, a horrible moment. But there are two sides to the country," the president said.
David Duke, the former head of the KKK, said "Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists (BLM/Antifa)".
Trump's message resonates with further dividing the basic principles that most American's have held close to their heart - "two sides to the country" - failing to be a uniter.
Even the National Rifle Association is diverting from its gun rights message, attacking "fake news" media, spokesperson Dana Loesch saying "We the people have had it. We've had it with your narratives, your propaganda, your fake news. We've had it with your constant protection of your Democrat overlords, your refusal to acknowledge any truth that upsets the fragile construct that you believe is real life. And we've had it with your pretentious, tone-deaf assertion that you are in any way truth or fact-based journalism."
USA hate groups have essentially being given "license," what happens next could be frightening, with bigoted and racist white supremacy out in the open.