Sunday, August 13, 2017

What Trump Has To Say Clearly

"If you're a white supremacist, I don't want your support."

There's no excuse for pussy-footing around this issue.


Anonymous Darius Jedburgh said...

Amen brother.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Critical Spirits said...

Call me dense, but it isn't clear to me why Trump *has* to explicitly state this.

I mean, I can anticipate some replies, but none of them stick out to me.

I REALLY don't want to be on the wrong side of this issue.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I really don't think this is something that a President can leave at all ambiguous.

I generally have sympathy for anyone who refuses to perform like a trained monkey when some faction or other demands that they say something. But I just don't think you can leave any doubt about this one.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Darius Jedburgh said...

Critical Sprits:

How many times did Trump go after Obama for not using the words 'radical Islamic terrorism'?

Online neoNazi (etc) web outlets are jubilant about Trump's failure to call out white supremacism specifically. They certainly realise, even if many others do not, that since it is obviously not viable for Trump to overtly voice support for them, this is the best he can do. We know he takes himself to have reason not to alienate these people. Of course the overt neoNazi nutcases are not a large proportion of his base, but plenty of fellow-travellers are. He really doesn't want to alienate his many supporters who are pissed off about the 'erasure of Confederate heritage' etc, although they're not prepared to march alongside klansmen in a torchlit procession on the Grounds of U.Va.

Apparently quite a few of the white supremacists were carrying Trump signs and yelling pro-Trump slogans. What cicumstances would call for Trump to explicitly disavow and reject their support, if not these? I am honestly not feigning incredulity when I ask: How is it possible not to see that he is being, in Kevin Drum's words, a miserable little race-baiting piece of shit?

6:50 PM  

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