WaPo: “These are your people, President Trump”

“President Trump’s mealy-mouthed mutterings on the terrorism let loose in Charlottesville on Saturday are worthy of the hypocrite and instigator of hate that he has proved himself to be,” writes the Washington Post in an editorial. “Trump knows what was at work on those streets and who was behind it. As well he should. They are some of the same forces that helped to put him in the White House.

“On hand giving the clan of white nationalists a verbal boost was former Ku Klux Klan leader and preeminent white nationalist David Duke. Just as the bigoted Duke was on hand on election night exclaiming on social media that Trump’s victory was ‘one of the most exciting nights of my life.’ Duke tweeted at the time, ‘Make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump.’

“And Duke’s people — Trump’s people, also — were out in force in Charlottesville with their hate-filled minds, their guns, and a weaponized automobile.”

The rest of the editorial is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

11 thoughts on “WaPo: “These are your people, President Trump””

  1. David Duke claiming that he and ‘his people’ had a major impact in electing President Trump would be like me claiming that me and ‘my people’ had a major impact in defeating Secretary Clinton.

  2. State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles.
    There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted today in this bucolic town in Virginia’s heartland. At about 10 a.m. today, at one of countless such confrontations, an angry mob of white supremacists formed a battle line across from a group of counter-protesters, many of them older and gray-haired, who had gathered near a church parking lot. On command from their leader, the young men charged and pummeled their ideological foes with abandon. One woman was hurled to the pavement, and the blood from her bruised head was instantly visible.
    Standing nearby, an assortment of Virginia State Police troopers and Charlottesville police wearing protective gear watched silently from behind an array of metal barricades — and did nothing.

  3. There are so many layers to this that need to be addressed. But relative to Chip’s comment, one of them is that Nazi and white supremacist protesters were allowed to march in the streets carrying guns and carrying torches while clashing with counter protesters. I watched a lot of video of yesterday and frankly the amount of firepower in the hands of the public was astounding. Did some of the counter protesters carry guns? I bet some did. Americas open and concealed carry laws have gone to the point that they inhibit law enforcement and keeping the peace in incidents like this. Should the police have waded in and arrested people who were beating each other up. Absolutely. But could they? I am not so sure that we would not have seen a much worse incident yesterday if they had. Think the Grensboro massacre in 1979.

    This is exactly the type of chaos the alt-right wants to create, which they believe will trigger the race war that will finally divide America, and that many in our own community celebrate in their own very well schooled propagandistic way as “the Great Divide.”

  4. I posted comments by Matt Walsh this morning because I don’t think I could have said things better:

    I want to say a few things in light of the situation in Charlottesville today.

    First, to the Nazi and white supremacist losers marching around with tiki torches and throwing the Nazi salute: I condemn everything you stand for, everything you align yourself with, everything you say, everything you believe, everything you do. You call this rally “Unite the Right,” but you are not a member of anything that even resembles the conservative cause I have spent my life fighting for. You are the bastard children of a cancerous movement our country defeated on the battlefield 70 years ago. The last vestiges of it died on the noose at Nuremberg, praise be to God. Nazism was sent to Hell, where it belongs, and you will join it there if you do not repent.

    Of course I realize that you may not care about the Nazi or white supremacist “cause” at all. You’re just looking for attention because you’re sad and lonely and you’ve never had a girlfriend or a job or a life outside of Reddit and video games. But that does not absolve you. If anything, it makes you worse. Taking up Nazism as a game, because you’re bored, is even more demented and vile than taking it up because you’re crazy enough to think it’s true. Whatever your motive, you are wrong, you are not one of us, you are nobody, and nothing you feel or think or say while you carry a swastika flag is valid.

    Second, to “antifa” and the rest: I have already made my position known. You are no better than the Nazis on the other side. You are two sides of the same coin. You deserve each other. You are each other. I draw no distinction between you.

    Third, to my fellow citizens who do not wish to take up the cause of either group: I ask that you pray for our country. Pray that God performs a miracle and awakens our culture before we take the last dive into chaos and total collapse. Pray that God penetrates the dark, confused hearts of those who are so desperate for purpose and validation that they turn to white supremacy or Leftist anarchism. Pray that you and I may resist the urge to respond to all of this barbaric behavior by becoming animals ourselves. Pray for our children who do not deserve this culture we’ve created. Pray for us, ourselves, who do.

    Just pray. Pray before it’s too late.

  5. “Calling the Confederates traitors requires one to take a giant step of hubris. The correct name of the 1860-65 conflict is the War for Southern Independence. In a ‘civil war’ both sides want to become/remain the governing institution for the entire country/territory. The South had no such objective; they merely wanted to secede, and do their own thing with which you may agree or not. But they had no desire to topple the existing US government in Washington.

    Un/fortunately it is the victors who write the history books and assign labels to what they deem to have happened. I suppose it takes a mite longer than 150 years to forgive the South for wanting to secede, especially if one faction of the victors today sees a new use for vilifying the Confederacy – namely to create, resurrect, and intensify class schisms so that the country will finally weaken enough to fracture and be ready for assimilation into the brave new global world.”–George Rebane

    How is that for a bunch of alt-right revisionist, great divide driving, bastardization of American history?

    “…do their own thing…” meaning enslave people.
    “you may agree or not…” well, we don’t agree and have a 14th amendment to secure the rights denied.
    “Unfortunately it is the victors who write the history books….” nice work legitimizing “alt-history,” Dr Rebane.
    “… so that the country will finally weaken enough to fracture and be ready for assimilation into the brave new global world.” Get it dear readers? You are either part of the white Eurocentric America or part of either globalism, Agenda 21 or Islam (depending upon which conspiracy theory prevails in George’s mind that day.)

  6. How often did Trump and other Republicans bash President Obama for not calling Islamic jihadists out for what they are, they’re terrorists and murderers. So now when factions of Trump’s base commits acts of terrorism and murder he doesn’t call them out by name and just gives his “mealy-mouthed mutterings”.
    Having Trump as POTUS reminds me of when I was diagnosed with leukemia, I had no idea how the whole thing was going to turn out and knew there were many ways that things could go fatally wrong. But after one year I knew the odds were greatly in my favor. After only seven months of Trump things just seem to keep getting worse.

      1. Thanks Annie, most of that was 21 years ago. I’m fine, it just takes one mega expensive drug to keep it that way.

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