For two days, after President Trump’s initial remarks condemning violence and hatred at Saturday’s Charlottesville riot surrounding the removal of a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue, the mainstream media and the left — often one in the same — harangued the president for not specifically condemning white supremacists. And even when he did, they hardly seemed satisfied.
Then when Trump spoke a third time about the deadly riot, this time from Trump Tower on Tuesday, he placed some of the blame for the violence on the “alt-left” Antifa members who he said charged at the neo-Nazis while “swinging clubs.” By Wednesday morning, the mainstream media had practically declared Trump’s presidency dead while claiming that he had just boosted the white supremacists. And they said that even though the president had specifically condemned the neo-Nazis again.
Interestingly enough, a look back into recent history proves that then-President Obama made the same “mistake” Trump did following the brutal massacre of nine black parishioners in a South Carolina church.
Speaking on June 17, 2015, the day after the shooting, Obama delivered an emotional message from the White House where he pointed out, “The fact that this took place in a black church obviously also raises questions about a dark part of our history. This is not the first time that black churches have been attacked, and we know the hatred across races and faiths pose a particular threat to our democracy and our ideals.”
The president was quick to blame gun laws in America, but he never specifically called out white supremacy in condemning the actions of 21-year-old neo-Nazi Dylann Roof. No one batted an eye. His message denouncing racism was clear.
Yet on Saturday, in Trump’s first statement, when he said “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. It’s been going on a long time in our country.” it wasn’t enough for the left — and even some members of Trump’s own party.
Even when he acknowledge America’s past racist sins and proclaimed “it has no place in America” it still wasn’t enough. Because of their narrative that “Donald J. Trump is a white nationalist sympathizer,” liberals insisted that he condemn that group and blame them alone for all the violence even though Obama was never that specific in his first statement following the Charleston church shooting.
According to the Daily Caller, Former Bush administration Director of Black Outreach Paris Dennard pointed out on CNN Monday that Obama “did not call [Roof] a neo-Nazi. He did not call him a white supremacist.”
Do you see a double standard here? Meanwhile Wednesday morning, former presidents Bush and Bush Sr. actually threw their support behind Trump by mirroring his words.