Trump fails to condemn white supremacist terrorist attack! and It’s time for him to go – Joy Reid

A car struck a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, after police dispersed a gathering of white nationalists on Saturday. At least one person was killed in the collision, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer said on Twitter. “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here,” Singer wrote. “I urge all people of good will — go home.” At least a half-dozen others were also wounded, suffering minor to life-threatening injuries, authorities said Saturday

White nationalists clashed with counter-protesters hours before the collision in downtown Charlottesville. Alt-right activists and white supremacists planned to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the city’s Emancipation Park.

Some protesters who came for the “Unite the Right” rally were armed and dressed in military-like clothing, while others wore shirts with Nazi symbols and quotes from Adolf Hitler. Another read “diversity is just a genocidal scam.”

At a press conference today, Trump was asked to condemn this terrorist attack by white nationalist, he just walked away….no comment.

Remove Trump from Office Before He Removes Us from Earth – Joy Ann Reid of MSNBC

Did Donald Trump really just walk us to the brink of war with North Korea on a whim this week, or has this all been a figment of our lurid imagination? It seems crazy to contemplate that the world now stands on the edge of disaster because the American president simply lacks self-control. And yet that’s exactly the discussion on the table.

Trump’s bizarre statements about “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” coupled with the follow-up press conference in which he declared a “whole new ballgame” and doubled down on his apparently extemporaneous threats against the North Korean regime should chill the bones of every military family and every American with a child of draft age.

Trump talks in many ways exactly as Kim Jong Un does—in disjointed statements full of bellicose hyperbole. He blusters in a clear effort to shore up his flagging ego; to make himself seem strong when in fact he is weak; an isolated, morose figure lumbering from self-named golf course to self-named golf course and imprisoned by the office whose grandeur he cannot measure up to. He screams into the ether to try and push back the void, when the void is deep inside him.

He is a bitter, angry, frightened man, cornered by prosecutors, rejected by a majority of Americans, declaring his leaking aides are merely fighting to prove who loves him the most and yet unsure which of his former lieutenants—or maybe even family members—will sell him out to save themselves. His dream of finally commanding global respect by becoming president of the United States and of besting his obsession, Barack Obama, has collapsed before his first year in office is even complete.

His sycophant lieutenants believe the country should respond by lining up behind the Narcissist in New Jersey, comparing his North Korea bluster to the Cuban missile crisis. In fact, it is the inverse: President Kennedy in that crisis answered Soviet brinksmanship, he didn’t provoke it.

Donald Trump is a weakened president, and a man not prone to controlling his impulses. Given his temperament, personality, and looming legal predicament, there is literally no telling what a cornered Donald Trump will say or do. And in the case of North Korea, his bluster is aimed at a man who has killed his own family members to preserve his absolute power, and who waves the threat of nuclear war around like a hand grenade with the pin pulled out, sometimes just to demand the world supply the nation he is starving, with grain. To threaten war with such a regime is, to put it bluntly, an act of insanity. No wonder Trump’s own administration are pleading with the world to ignore him.

There’s good reason. Make no mistake: War with North Korea would be a cataclysm. The Hermit Kingdom possesses long range missiles that could in theory reach the American mainland and apparently, miniaturized nukes, too. Ten million souls live in the shadow of the Kim regime in Seoul, South Korea, including nearly 29,000 American troops. The media walking us through the potential bombers and bombing routes, as if reigniting the active Korean War is a thing to be contemplated by rational minds is almost as barmy as Trump’s pronouncements. And yet, with Trump in office, what choice is there?

Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Says White Supremacists Will ‘Fulfill’ Trump’s Promises

“We are determined to take our country back,” Duke said. “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.”

As the official start of the “Unite the Right” rally kicked off in Charlottesville, Virginia, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said the gathering of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and far-right individuals pointed to a future fulfillment of President Donald Trump’s “promises.”

“This represents a turning point for the people of this country,” said Duke in video uploaded to Twitter by Indianapolis Star photojournalist Mykal McEldowney. “We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump. Because he said he’s going to take our country back. That’s what we gotta do.”

Duke responded to Trump’s tweet by stating that Trump should “remember” that “White Americans’ were the ones to put him in office.

David Duke @DrDavidDuke

I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists.

Duke, a former KKK Grand Wizard, has long connected his message of white supremacy to ideas espoused by the president.

During the presidential campaign, Duke stated that he and Trump had similar messages, pointing to Trump proposing policies like a border wall or Muslim ban.

“Donald Trump is talking implicitly. I’m talking explicitly,” Duke said last year, according to Time.

Duke supported Trump’s campaign and publicly celebrated his lead on election night. Trump disavowed Duke and the KKK, but only after initially declining to do so, claiming he didn’t “know anything about” him.

This weekend’s rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, called “Unite the Right,” was nominally billed as a protest against the removal of a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The rally drew out hundreds of demonstrators bearing Nazi symbols and Confederate flags and chanting racist slogans. Violence has erupted between the far-right rally attendees and counter-protestors, leading Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) to declare a state of emergency.


Call it out Trump; “white supremacist terrorism”!

Will Donald Trump Ever Say the Words ‘White Supremacist Terrorism’?

POTUS loved whacking Hillary for not saying ‘Islamic fundamentalist terrorism.’ But how come when white people commit terror, suddenly Trump’s tongue is tied?

There’s a growing deadly threat in America but Donald Trump refuses to call it by its name: white supremacist terrorism. In the last three months alone we’ve seen four Americans killed by white supremacists. Now if Muslim extremists had killed four Americans in that time period we all know Trump would be ranting about “radical Islamic terrorism”—a phrase he loves to use except when in Saudi Arabia.

We saw another white supremacist terror attack over the weekend in Portland, Oregon. There, Jeremy Joseph Christian, a 35-year-old white man, was on a local train spewing anti-Muslim and other racist remarks. When three good Samaritans stood up to Christian’s hateful comments, he stabbed them, killing two people who truly represented the best of America: Namkai Meche and Ricky John Best.

Christian’s history of white supremacist views are well-documented. As the media reported, he had been a “vocal participant” in a recent alt-right rally in Portland where he was seen giving a Nazi salute. And he had posted on Facebook Neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic material, including catchphrases used by well-known white supremacist Richard Spencer.

How did Trump respond to this attack? Well, finally on Monday, three days after the stabbing, the official White House Twitter account for POTUS tweeted: “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.”

At least someone in the White House thought this issue was important to tweet about—although it was unlikely Trump himself. Trump didn’t mention the attack on his personal Twitter account, nor did he event retweet the POTUS tweet there, although he did tweet a great deal about “fake news” and Russiagate.

Yet the threat of white supremacist terror in the time of Trump appears to be growing. Just last week another young white man who had joined the “Alt-Reich” Facebook group that spewed hate of African Americans, Jews, and others, stabbed and killed 23-year-old African-American Richard Collins, a recently commissioned U.S. Army second lieutenant. The judge presiding over the case denied bail calling the attacker “an absolute danger to the community,” and the FBI is looking into whether this unprovoked murder of Collins was a hate crime.

And in March we saw another murder by a young white male who had espoused white supremacist views. James Jackson, 28, had traveled from his home in Baltimore to New York City for the express purpose of killing black men because their dating of white women disgusted him. And Jackson did just that, randomly killing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman on a New York City street corner. Thankfully the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office charged Jackson with not just a hate crime but also with terrorism, noting that Jackson’s goal was to “launch a campaign of terrorism.”

Despite these attacks, one of which has been formally charged as terrorism, Trump refuses to call these acts what they are: white supremacist terrorism. The hypocrisy is especially laughable given that during the campaign Trump slammed Hillary Clinton constantly for refusing to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism” to describe ISIS inspired attacks. As Trump repeated during the campaign while going after Hillary, “Now, to solve a problem, you have to be able to state what the problem is or at least say the name. She won’t say the name.” But interestingly, now Trump refuses to say “the name” when it comes to white terrorists.

If you think the attacks over the last few months are the only violent white supremacists out there you are dangerously kidding yourself. In September, three white men who called themselves “The Crusaders” were arrested for plotting to commit a terrorist attack in Kansas to slaughter Muslim-Somali immigrants living there. These men, per the FBI, had espoused “anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs.”

In December, self-professed white supremacist Glendon Scott Crawford was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for planning to build a radioactive bomb to kill Muslim Americans in upstate New York. And in February, Robert Doggart was convicted in federal court for planning to attack Muslim Americans and burn down mosques. Although it appears that Doggart, a Christian minister, was more of a radical Christian terrorist than a white supremacist. (You can forget Trump ever saying the words “radical Christian terrorist.”)

Will Trump remain silent on the threat of white supremacist terrorism until we see another Dylann Roof-type attack where nine African Americans are murdered in the hopes of starting a race war? Or until we see an American version of the February terrorist attack in Canada where yet another young white man who had expressed anti-immigrant views walked into a mosque and murdered six Muslims simply because of their faith?

I’m in no way suggesting we should ignore the threat of ISIS-inspired terrorism and just focus on white supremacist terror. After all it was just one year ago in June that we saw the horrific Orlando terrorist attack that left 49 dead at the Pulse nightclub.

But there’s clearly a threat from the right that Trump refuses to call out by name. As the Southern Poverty Law Center has documented, the list of white national groups is alarmingly long with hubs in almost every state. If these extremists go unchecked, I can assure you that more Americans will die at the hands of these racists. The question is how many more innocent Americans have to be killed by white supremacist terrorism before Trump will call it what it is?!

Dean Obeidallah –  also hear Dean afternoons on Sirius-XM