Ronald Reagan once gave a famous speech urging his fellow Republicans to differentiate themselves from Democrats using “bold colors, not pale pastels”. President Trump would be wise to follow the same strategy as pertains to the alt-right movement and the mess of a March in Charlottesville.
Citizen Tom has a good post up about the march and the predictable violence it led to. Titled BIGOTS FIGHTING BIGOTS, the article explains well how foolish it is that “some of our fellow Americans are killing people over statues” and the dishonesty, as always, of the media in fairly reporting on it.
I believe as Tom does, that the fighting is done over dumb things and that bigots on both sides prefer us hating each other over actually resolving things. The far left, as usual, will also use this as an opportunity to frame President Trump, his supporters and everyone on the right as racist nationalists. More moderate thinking types will follow that narrative because it confirms the false stereotypes they’ve been indoctrinated with about conservative Republicans.
The President’s statement on the matter missed a good opportunity to thoroughly refute this by calling out the white supremacist and anti-Semite march leaders (Richard Spencer and David Duke) and stating in harsh simple terms that they and their followers have no home in the Republican party he leads. Instead we get this:
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides, It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”
There’s nothing disagreeable with what Trump said, although by referencing “many sides” he needlessly opens the door to a moral equivalency debate. It’s just a vague and milk toasty statement and makes it appear he is too concerned with offending his alt-right supporters. It’s something many of us on the right would have pilloried Barack Obama for by the way if the circumstances were reversed.
The alt-right is a fringe group that the media and the left (I know, one and the same) are trying desperately to inflate as something much larger than it really is and as symbolic of the Republican party as a whole. I’m sick of my political world views being associated with them as I’m sure Donald Trump is too. All the more reason to isolate this cancerous movement and cut it right out.
UPDATE: August 14, 2017-Donal Trump provides another statement, which specifically calls out racism and white supremacists. Much better and more thought out in my view. Here is the video where he starts about 1 minute in.