How Trump’s Charlottesville response emboldens white supremacy

How Trump’s Charlottesville response emboldens white supremacy


The weekend of August 12, a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia descended into violence. On Friday night, white nationalists attacked counter-protesters. And on Saturday, a woman named Heather Heyer was killed when a man purposely drove his car into a group of counter-protesters. In response, President Trump blamed both sides. “We condemn in the strongest possible
terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.” He didn’t call out the white supremacists by name. He didn’t acknowledge that they were the ones who had initiated the violence or engaged in the lethal violence that killed Heather Heyer. Instead of assuring people that these groups are dangerous and wrong, he actively misled people about what happened in Charlottesville. He implied the white nationalists and the
counter-protesters were equally to blame. That hate was a 50-50 split. “We must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together.” All of this stands in stark contrast to the rhetoric he uses when he talks about terrorists who are Muslim. “Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland. As they did on 9/11. As they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino. An Islamic terrorist turned his truck into
an instrument of mass murder… Radical Islamic terrorists. And she won’t even mention the word. We cannot let this evil continue. Trump doesn’t have a problem calling people out by name. The family of a dead US service member, the cast of Hamilton, Meryl Streep, Barack Obama, John McCain, just to name a few. But Trump’s vague and tepid response to the white supremacists in Charlottesville wasn’t just
annoying or misleading. White nationalists took it as a sign of tacit approval. A post on the white nationalist site The Daily Stormer praised Trump’s lack of condemnation, writing, accurately, that when asked to condemn, “he walked out of the room.” Trump did the same thing during the campaign. “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.” “Yeah, get him out, try not to hurt him. If you do I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it.” He refused to condemn violence at his campaign rallies. In fact, he offered to pay legal fees of people who beat up protestors. “Knock the crap out of them would you? Seriously, okay. Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees, I promise.” “Do you believe that you’ve done anything to create a tone where this kind of violence would be encouraged?” “I hope not. I truly hope not. I will say this. We have 25, 30 thousand people, you’ve seen it yourself. People come with tremendous passion and love for their country.” He refused to condemn supporters who beat up a Mexican man in Trump’s name, saying that his followers were very “passionate.” He refused to condemn the self-described “alt-right,” an online movement that’s dealt increasingly in white nationalist rhetoric and tropes… “Heil Trump, heil our people, heil victory!” …while claiming to be simply trolls and provocateurs. “The Trump guys, the alt-right, the Twitter kind of meme and troll brigade.” Look. In the streets, it’s impossible to tell the difference between someone who’s giving a Nazi salute “ironically” and someone who’s doing it in earnest. And at a time when the people doing it in earnest are engaging in physical violence, those who claim they’re doing it “ironically” don’t appear to have any problem with the confusion or fear they might cause. The President isn’t condemning them the way he condemns Islamist terrorists. It might seem as if he’s not taking a side. But by doing that, he is taking a side. He’s giving succor to the people who engaged in hate in Charlottesville over the weekend, and refusing comfort to those who live in fear of what that hate could mean for them.

100 thoughts on “How Trump’s Charlottesville response emboldens white supremacy

  1. The protests were peaceful until antifa showed up… the guy who hit those people with the car was terrible, but there WAS violence on both sides not to mention the violence caused by left wing groups on a much more frequent basis.

  2. A member of the 'alt-right' murders someone and the counter protesters are placed on a terrorist watch list the following day.

  3. What you fail to report is the violence that was indeed on the other side.
    The shooting of a black protestor by another black protestor for example. He died too in the BLM "protests" which were more like riots. But that doesn't fit your narrative does it? What about all the smashed property, cars, blocked highways and chants calling for dead cops?

  4. Now he wants to return Haitians back to their country – we should band all the people where he’s getting his wives – band white folks from where they come from –

  5. What a joke this stupid video is. Give me a break. He blamed BOTH SIDES but because he doesn't call out white supremacists it's not good enough????! That's YOU being a racist is what that is honey.

  6. thankfully, Jesus's kingdom is not of this world ! Jesus said :I am the way, the truth and the life no one come to the father but by me.

  7. It's funny, a reporter tells us about her political analysis on Trump's discourse. Her argument is basically: Trump should be blamed because white supremacists interpreted his words as 'tacit approval'.
    Okay, so, I suppose women 's cleavage and particular choice of words gave me 'tacit approval' as well to sexually assault them. And by this logic, women are the ones to blame because they gave me 'tacit approval'.

  8. As so to how come Trump was not sued for inciting violence during his rallies is beyond me. I don't blame Trump though. Everyone know he's a racist loon. I blame the very republican party members that denounced him in the strongest terms during the campaign before he became the party's nominee, and now are silent and complicit and do not put him in check. The republican party has turned from the party of Lincoln that enfranchised African Americans and abolished slavery to the party of Trump that gave voice to extremism and Neo Nazis.

  9. You are the ones misleading the public, as there was violence from the left, but the mainstream media dosen't show you that.

  10. I don't under stand how a rasict group can have a march just imagine if legal Muslim exstremnist marched the street…

  11. LIBERAL PROPAGANDA! THESE ARE ALL LIES. THE COUNTER PROTESTERS INITIATED THE VIOLENCE! THERE WERE CRAIGSLIST ADS. IT WAS A SETUP.

  12. To the people crying about Antifa,

    This isn't about Antifa, its about injury and murder towards counter-protesters. I'm pretty sure that they didn't drive a car into themselves. You cannot defend that. If you don't denounce the actions, then you're part of the problem.

  13. we understand the violence was wrong and accept that so maybe you should understand and accept that the violence antifa has caused is also wrong

  14. 'white supremecist' is a racial slur used to try to silence any White person who doesn't bow before the Establishment's anti-White agenda. (Who) runs the media? (Who) runs Hollywood? (Who) runs Silicon Valley?

  15. Trump is not responsible for Alt-Right rally! He didn't organise that and even didn't know about this. Local sheriff and governer of Virginia state was responsible to protect protestors and counterprotestors… more facts less emotions…

  16. it was actually the "counter-protesters" that first attacked the protesters

    They openly said they went there to attack anf "shut down" the march

  17. And the famous pic of whites beating on a black kid came after the black kid and with "friends" tried to beat on a lone white

  18. White nationalists out numbered counter protesters for the first time.  That just goes to show that the writing is on the wall. And what's scary for many is they were chanting "Jews will not replace us"

  19. Love vox videos. Notice: Whenever there is a vox video about gender or racial inequality I notice there are a lot more dislikes. Vox, you do a great job at not blaming but just telling a story, however, it really upsets people. Can you please make a video about this phenomenon? Please

  20. By Trump blaming both sides that clearly demonstrates  he is not emboldening white supremacy. Perhaps a course in logic 101 may aid you.

  21. Dara Lind the only guys you would ever get are the one that are broken into betabetamales who are made by Land whales with whips

  22. To sides who show up swords, shields and helmets to attack each other and people who fly planes into innocent people doing there own thing not hurting people are the same. I guess 2 criminals have a shoot out at one another and one guy shooting a crowd of people are the same too right vox.

  23. Antifa ,black panthers,and black lives matter hate white people. KKK and neo Nazis don't like black people and that is what trump meant and that's the truth!!!!!

  24. has someone ever seen anfia beating up white men simply for being white, you don't see that on the news a lot do you?

  25. This just pierces through the heart that people can't stop controlling the hate they show towards other communities. What's wrong with living happily?

  26. I like Trump so far. Condemning white supremacy is discrimination against whites. All people have their superiorities and their inferiorities. An eagle can fly better than a chicken; But a chicken can run faster than an eagle. A cheetah can run faster than a dog; But a dog can run further than a cheetah. A polar bear has a better sense of smell than a turtle; But some turtles can overwinter in a lake, underwater. A polar bear can't do that. So then it's obvious that animals have superiorities and inferiorities  as compared to other animals. So then it's just as true that different races on humans have superiorities and inferiorities as compared to other races of humans, but it's just not as obvious. Claiming one race is "completely" superior to other races of humans is obviously completely false. I am against that kind of thinking. That sounds like Hitler. So if whites want to claim their superior to others it's true. But other races are superior to whites also, just not in the same area of comparison. Specifying the areas of superiority or inferiority wouldn't be "politically correct", because we're too closely related for it to be obvious, but they exist. Speaking against extreme Islamic terrorists isn't the same thing as "understanding" white supremacy correctly. Some white supremacy groups are of the Hitler variety. I don't think Trump is taking sides with them.

  27. ….Trump has spoken out against racism and the Alt right several times. It literally takes 3 seconds of research to find Trumps position against hate. You people dont want the truth,.. If you cant even be honest with yourselves and put facts over ideology….then you really have a problem

  28. Yall realize his daughter is Jewish. Vox is trying to create a narrative that Trump is a supremacist.

  29. 0:50 He was talking about the Antifa members who came with black clothing, masks, and clubs. Not the peaceful counter protesters.

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