Donald Trump’s reaction to the Charlottesville clashes was far too mild, ignoring the far-right hate that is brewing, asserts James Fallows of The Atlantic. His campaign rhetoric implicitly encouraged xenophobia and violence. This was a chance to move beyond Trump, the campaigner and become Trump, the president, who calls out injustice and unites the country. His soft words have been perceived positively by the far-right, which noted that he didn’t outrightly condemn their movement. His combative agenda has emboldened some of these people, and it is Trump’s responsibility to denounce the violent conduct of his supporters.
The president has made it very clear that he condemns all the forms of violence and hate that took place during the recent Charlottesville protests, reports Alicia Cohn of The Hill. The media is showing its anti-Trump bias by over-analyzing the wording and intent of his response to the clashes between protesters. His statement was very clear, and his team has reiterated Trump’s opposition to white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK. News outlets that focus on the president should instead concentrate on the real issue, political violence, which he is currently addressing. Trump is determined to firmly stand against this kind of hate and brutality.