This has been a very sad and very difficult week in our nation’s history. For those of you who have been living under a rock lately, let me catch you up and then let me try to wrap it up and put a bow on it, to the extent that is possible at this point. A wound has been ripped open in our nation’s psyche and this will not just go away because the 24-hour news cycle is moving on, so I reserve the right to come back to this if future events warrant or if I feel like it.
ICYMI: Several white supremacist groups, including the KKK and the Neo-Nazis, descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the proposed removal of Confederate statues. The protests turned violent when one white supremacist took a muscle car and plowed into a group of people who were counter-protesting the spectacle, killing one and injuring several others.
In the immediate aftermath, Donald Trump made a statement that there was blame to go around “on many sides”. Faced with mounting pressure from his critics, Donald Trump made a follow-up statement on Monday singling out the white supremacist groups for condemnation. But this statement felt forced and disingenuous. Sure enough, Donald Trump reversed field the next day and issued another follow-up statement that laid blame on both sides.
At this point, it is perfectly clear where Donald Trump’s sympathies lie. By equivocating blame, Donald Trump made an unquestionable statement that he stands with the white supremacists.
Trump supporters: OK. I am sure that you had your reasons for voting the way you did this past fall. This was a very difficult election, and none of the available options was particularly appealing. Honestly, I wish there was a way that both could have lost.
Perhaps you were concerned about terror attacks in Paris and Brussels and concerned that lax immigration policies typically favored by Democrats could lead to similar occurrences here on American soil. Perhaps you were concerned about American manufacturing jobs vanishing overseas and the devastation this has wrought in certain parts of the country. Perhaps you were concerned about Hillary, Benghazi, the emails, and if she really was that bad there was no way in hell you could support her.
Some of you have disabled children who will be at or near the front of the line if the death camps come to America. Some of you are otherwise decent people who are struggling to make sense of it all.
But at this point, ambiguity has been replaced with clarity. We all know now that Donald Trump stands with those who murdered six million Jews and others in Europe for no reason other than their race. If you still stand with Donald Trump after this week…well, that option is not open to you if you are a decent human being. Or a human being at all.