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Signals and virtue

Bill Coffin | August 21, 2017

On August 12, dozens of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and various other members of the so—called alt-right attended a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate hero Robert E. Lee. The rally, organized by noted white supremacist Ricard Spencer, turned violent, culminating in a shocking act of vehicular homicide when an alt-right marcher rammed his car into a thick crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring dozens more.

 

After intense pressure to say something about the violence, President Trump held a press conference on August 14 in which he did not call out white supremacy or neo-Nazism. Politically speaking, this is the lowest-hanging fruit one could ask for: simply denounce hatred, bigotry, and prejudice; note that it isn’t welcome in this country; and call for unity. This is what any other President in living memory would have done. Instead, President Trump blamed violence on both sides, noted there... To get the full story, subscribe now.