Trump supporters love him for telling it like it is. But so does the Trump-hating media because many of his statements, particularly his Tweets, leave him open to be bashed.
It used to be blame it on Bush, but for the past two years it has been blame it on Trump. It’s a wonder Trump hasn’t been blamed for Hurricane Harvey or the current Midwest floods. Much of the blame Trump has brought on himself because, simply put, he suffers from a seemingly incurable case of foot-in-mouth disease.
The Democrats and the media blame Trump’s rhetoric for dividing this country and accuse him of embracing white nationalists. They have continued to jump on his statement, “You also had some very fine people on both sides” in response to the August 2017 riots in Charlottesville, Virginia. To its shame, a biased media chose to ignore the statement Trump had made just moments before:
“I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups, but not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.”
If you recall, a neo-Nazi group held an unauthorized rally in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. On the first day they clashed with University of Virginia students. On the second day they were attacked by an anti-Facist group. Later that day, a self-identified White Nationalist drove his car into a crowd supporting the statue removal, killing a woman.
There were many people in Charlottesville on both sides of the statue issue who came to demonstrate peacefully and who did not participate in the rioting. It was those people that Trump was referring to as fine people. But the media twisted his words around so as to make it appear that he supported the neo-Nazis and White Nationalism.
Now we come to the bloody massacre of 50 worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The shooter was an Australian far-right nutjob who wrote a 74-page manifesto in which he asked himself, “Is there a particular person that radicalised you the most?” His answer:
“Yes, the person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens… Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness.”
Candace Owens is an African-American conservative commentator and activist. She is also a strong supporter of Trump.
In the manifesto the shooter said he was inspired to go on his killing spree by Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist who shot dead 77 people at a Norwegian youth camp in 2011.
The shooter also referred to Trump in the manifesto as a “symbol of white supremacy,” and said he was motivated by the “far-right extremism” he saw in the United States. That’s all it took for Democrats and the media to blame Trump.
The Democrats and the Media say that Trump’s divisive rhetoric on immigration and his ban on Muslim immigrants encourages the far right to turn to violence and they hold that rhetoric responsible for the New Zealand mosque massacres.
Trump did not help himself when responding to questions about the mosque shootings. When asked by a reporter if he sees an increase in white nationalism, Trump said: “I don’t really. I think its a small group of people.”
While it seems that White Nationalism is on the rise, it is nothing new. The KKK is a white supremacist and nationalism group. Back when I was a cop, white nationalist groups were known as the Christian Identity movement, the most prominent group being based in Idaho. And it has always been and continues to be, as Trump said, a small group of people.
Trump is no more responsible for the mosque shootings than he is responsible for Hurricane Harvey. The only person responsible for the shootings in Christchurch is the shooter! Trump is not responsible and even Candace Owens is not responsible.
Unfortunately for Trump, he seems to be suffering from a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease which seems to be incurable since it has been evident starting with his 2016 campaign for the presidency. If he would only put his brain in gear before putting his mouth in motion, he would not leave himself open to the hatred spewed against him by the Democrats and the media.
As I said before, the Trump- haters love him as much for telling it like it is as do his supporters. And Trump’s base, an estimated 35 percent of the electorate, should not delude itself on how he got elected president. What got Trump over the top was that many voters like myself, voted against Hillary Clinton and not for Trump.