We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. – President Donald J. Trump
Today’s quick hits deal with:
- Failure to Lead
- Helena IR
Failure to Lead:
There are a few times in a Presidential term where we expect the President to be the Healer-in-Chief. The event that unfolded Saturday in Virginia was one of those times.
This was a chance for President to put the white supremacists, the K.K.K. and neo-Nazis in their place and tell them their hatred has no place in America.
Instead, he blamed the violence “on many sides” saying, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
It looks as though Trump is afraid of angering his base of support.
Trump’s initial comments drew praise from the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, which wrote: “Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. … No condemnation at all.” The website had been promoting the Charlottesville demonstration as part of its “Summer of Hate” edition.
The Daily Stormer also cheered the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, calling her a fat, childless 32-year-old slut. They also said she was a drain on society.
Heyer was murdered during the protest when a car allegedly driven by a white supremacist ran into a crowd of people of which she was a part.
One bright spot was Ivanka Trump. She tweeted, “There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.”
Amen to that. The President should have said that.
Someone tweeted over the weekend that “Not many presidents could make threatening nuclear war the second worst thing he did in a week.”
We need a leader.
We can’t let the haters win. We can’t let evil win.
Helena IR Email Newsletter:
The Saturday, August 12, 2017, email newsletter from the Helena Independent Record was very interesting.
First, the subject was “State files to revoke Barry Beach’s probation” but there was no story with that information. After doing some research, that was the headline from a December 8, 2016, story.
The second thing that caught my attention was the story with the headline, “Zinke considering 2018 US senate run against Tester.” After clicking on it, the story could not be found. After some additional research, it looks like that story was published in November.
Another interesting thing is there were current stories in the same newsletter.
I guess times are really tough in the newspaper business.