Trump Mute on Domestic Terrorism by White Supremacists in Charlottesville
photo: Edu Bayer for The New York Times

“The hate and division must stop. And must stop right now. 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.” – President Donald Trump

THE MORAL BANKRUPTCY of President Donald Trump was on display over the weekend after white supremacists, neo-Nazis and their followers descended on the beautifully tranquil town of Charlottesville, Virginia.

“No condemnation at all,” the Daily Stormer wrote. “When asked to condemn, [Trump] just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.” [Washington Post]

The president of the United States could not find enough outrage in his puny humanity to condemn the racists, bigots, and anti-Semites that left one woman and two Virginia state troopers dead and over a dozen wounded.

No one is surprised.

Republicans are getting nervous.

It wasn’t hard to do, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out with a stronger statement than Trump, and opened a federal probe into Charlottesville.

It was a tragedy.

Considering the history of our country, and the campaign of our President, it should have been foreseen.

Sensing there might be trouble, the city tried to deny Mr. Kessler’s group a permit for Emancipation Park; officials wanted the gathering in a larger park, where they felt they could better control the crowd. But on Friday evening, a judge sided with Mr. Kessler. Mayor Signer would later lament on Twitter that it was a fateful turn of events. “This is EXACTLY why City tried to change venue to McIntire,” he wrote. [New York Times]

The only thing we can hope is that Steve Bannon — the aider and abettor of the alt-right — will become more isolated inside the Administration, and that national security adviser H.R. McMaster will prevail. McMaster did a good job of ostracizing Bannon on “Meet the Press,” but the smear campaign against him from Bannon’s alt-right crowd is getting worse.

UPDATED: After the first irredeemable statement on Charlottesville, a botched and unsigned clean-up statement was uttered late Sunday. Now, after a weekend of tripping over themselves, Trump aides coerced their boss, POTUS, into uttering words that shouldn’t have to be put in a teleprompter. What Trump said was too little, too late, coming from a man who has debased himself for the love of skinheads, bigots, and alt-right extremists. I won’t insult you by offering Trump’s statement. It means nothing in the face of his wink and nod to the worst elements in our country.