In an era where we try to impose the idea of personal responsibility in our daily lives and in our beliefs, Donald Trump seems unwilling to accept any for the violent car crash of a mess that was the white nationalist march in Charlottesville. Trump’s continuous dangling of anti-immigrant, anti-woman and anti-anyone that-doesn’t-look-like-me-rhetoric activates and invigorates the groups such as the ones that descended upon Charlottesville for the “Unite The Right” event today. With a mutual appreciation going on from both sides, the violent of those groups are given the go-ahead to engage in acts of violence such as the one where a car sped into a group of protestors against the white nationalists today that injured 19 and killed one.
Given that this incident occurred, Donald Trump once again for the sake of his presidency which is already in shambles must remain silent to keep his base. His supporters, of which I believe have severe mental issues will argue that the president’s recent statement against happened was a proper response; it was neither proper, nor was it presidential;
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.”
He didn’t mention Charlottesville, the victims of the attack nor the white nationalists. Right after mentioning the key buzz words of “hatred”, “bigotry” and “violence”, he decided to deflect with “both sides do it too” and “not Barack Obama”. In the moment where he could be considered the most presidential, he made it not only about himself but about deflecting from the greater issue at hand; violence from the alt-right groups that seek to destroy America.
It is time, now more than ever, to get Trump to realize once and for all that the responsibility for what happened today and every other day where similar acts have taken place (violent or otherwise) lies with him. Don’t come at me with “this happened when Obama was in office” because he is gone.
Donald Trump is president. Donald Trump is responsible for this country. Today, he has shown more than ever that he not only is not presidential, he isn’t even a man. For that action of deflection, it is time to put a move on his removal and the removal of anyone like him in his current administration – Omorosa included.