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Why Trump's Refusal To Condemn Charlottesville Terrorist Should Not Surprise Us

Why Trump's Refusal To Condemn Charlottesville Terrorist Should Not Surprise Us”

In the aftermath of the rally - where a woman was killed when a vehicle reportedly driven by an alleged white supremacist - Trump placed hate-spewing neo-Nazis and anti-racist protesters on the same moral footing. Then, he explicitly denounced white supremacists, and ultimately returned to his original premise that both sides were at blame and said he believed "very fine people" were among either side. The president later announced he was disbanding both his Strategy and Policy Forum and his Manufacturing Council.

With the United States still reeling from the recent violent events in Charlottesville, Virginina, a new poll has shown that nearly one out of 10 Americans support neo-Nazi ideology. White supremacists were in Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

A auto drives into counter-protesters at the Charlottesville hate rally.

The Post/ABC survey found 56 percent of Americans overall disapproved of his comments, while 28 percent approved. Sadly US president Trump was found wanting and unable to salve the soul of the American people by condemning a terrorist act.

Mr Trump's response to the Charlottesville protests disappointed top aides, though none offered public criticism or resigned in protest.

While the responses to how the president handled the aftermath of Charlottesville from the president's supporters were varied, many simply said the president was telling it like it is, and cutting through the narratives pushed by the media. And the so-called alt-right you keep hearing about?

Meanwhile, Tony Schwartz, who helped Trump write the 1987 book The Art of the Deal, said he "would be amazed if [Trump] survives till end of the year".

-No group believes that neo-Nazi or white supremacist opinions are acceptable. At least according to an Irish bookie, who reports that large amounts of money are being spent on betting that Trump's term will be artificially shortened.

It's Republicans, this time, who are responsible for edging the president down, though 80 percent of people who identified as Trump voters said they still stand by their guy. Among whites, 49 per cent disapprove, while 35 per cent approve. "I got the white supremacists, the neo-Nazi, I got them all". Two-thirds of Republicans said Trump's comments were either very or somewhat appropriate, while 70% of Democrats said the remarks were very or somewhat inappropriate. The president wavered between condemning KKK and white supremacists while claiming that counter-protesters were equally violent.

Trump is far from a ideal mouthpiece for this essential battle against Jew-haters on the right and left. About 10 per cent of adults support the movement, including similar shares of Democrats and Republicans.

These days, Picciolini leads Life After Hate, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to helping neo-Nazis, white supremacists, KKK members, and other far right activists leave their organisations and their hateful ideologies.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll of 1,987 registered voters was conducted from August 17 through August 19, tracking reaction to three separate statements and press conferences the president held to explain his position on the Charlottesville rally.



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