Monday, August 14, 2017

Two-Point Memo for Mr. Trump: Day Late and Dollar Short, But Nice Recovery

Trump Fan and Loyal Supporter — So It Seems

Trump Fan Club Message of Support

Updated (August 14, 2017): Seems like the public's and GOP's backlash got to Trump … he spoke today like he should have originally should have on Saturday right after the Charlottesville, VA attack. So, who pushed him to say these words we are left to wonder?

Trump delivered a second modified and more details from the White House explicitly condemning violent white supremacists (my emphasis added) saying:

“Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. As I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws,” the president said. “We all salute the same great flag. And we are all made by the same almighty god.”

The new modified and more explicit comments came after Trump had been widely criticized (from all sides) for only knocking violence from “many sides” at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA and the not radical hate group, and also where a car driven by a hate group supporter plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others. Also, two VA state troopers were killed when their police helicopter crashed nearby while covering the scene.

Noteworthy is that in his initial remarks on Saturday (day of the event), Trump did not explicitly call out Neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, or other self-identified white supremacists there for being the main cause.

His original statement from his NJ golf resort the day it happened: “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. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”
Odd that the White House did not attach a name to a statement on Sunday even though it went further than the Saturday statement, thus: “The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.

Of course” was added as if implied his meaning — far from it, however. He should have said that Saturday/not Sunday.

I noted earlier, Trump still didn’t disavow David Duke’s support statement, which was:

“This represents fulfilling the promises of President Trump. This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back, we're 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 and that's what we have to do.”

Usually, a statement would be signed by the press secretary or another staffer. Not putting a name to one eliminates any individual's responsibility for its truthfulness and often undercuts its significance. Plus, top advisers later struggled to explain Trump's position, offering different responses. 

Finally, I ask honestly: Is this what we have become or are becoming? This is not the country I want, love, have fought for, have bled for, or want for future generations, do you. And, Mr. and Mrs. U.S. Supreme Court: I hope you are paying close attention:

I note their armament needed for a rally. What kind of rally???

I conclude: Wow!!! White House top advisers are struggling with Trump messaging? Nothing new there with that “we’re not a chaotic and disjointed messaging White House,” right? LOL LOL

Maybe a Rick Perry “oops” moment is called for right about now – you think?

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