Look: I don’t have much to add to yesterday’s violence, to Donald Trump’s refusal to name — and condemn — Nazis and white nationalist, or to the fact that Trump suffered his worst day in six months of terrible days as President. My hope is that, in some way, the events of yesterday will help to unite sensible people on both sides against a common enemy: Donald Trump and white supremacists.
To that end, while Donald Trump’s response to yesterday’s terrorist attack was inexcusable — “best regards,” really? …
Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
… the response from some other Republican officials has been more heartening. I mean, even Ted Cruz came out against white nationalists, and he came out hard:
“It’s tragic and heartbreaking to see hatred and racism once again mar our great Nation with bloodshed. Heidi’s and my prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured in the ongoing violence in Charlottesville. The First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans to speak their minds peaceably, but violence, brutality, and murder have no place in a civilized society.
The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate. Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.
These bigots want to tear our country apart, but they will fail. America is far better than this. Our Nation was built on fundamental truths, none more central than the proposition ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.’”
Paul Ryan, Cory Gardner, John McCain, Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, and even Orrin Hatch called them out, and some even went so far as to fault the President for not saying more. “We must call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home,” Orrin Hatch tweeted last night.
Head of the NSA, H.R. McMaster, also denounced:
"Tolerance has to overcome this kind of hatred … that is grounded in ignorance," McMaster to ABC, said POTUS was clear in who he called out— Emily Ngo (@epngo) August 13, 2017
It would be nice if these Republicans ultimately backed up their words with actions, too. They can start by refunding the group devoted to tackling radical white extremists that Trump defunded after he was inaugurated. They could also put pressure on Trump to remove Sebastian Gorka — the advisor who said the media focuses too much white nationalists a few days ago — from the White House.
It’s bad enough that even the ass-kisser in chief, Anthony Scaramucci, had to ask that Trump should denounce the white nationalists, and blames Steven Bannon for tolerating them. Scaramucci, of course, also said this morning that there are “elements” within the White House trying to remove Trump from office. Trump’s friend, Roger Stone, not only believes this, but thinks that Trump’s Chief of Staff, John Kelly, is behind it:
Let’s hope Scaramucci and Stone are right about this (Kelly, at least, is also reportedly trying to oust Bannon). We can’t tolerate this any longer. Nor can we continue to tolerate responses to yesterday’s violence like this:
When I asked senior WH official why Trump didn't condemn Cville Nazis, he said: "What about the leftist mob. Just as violent if not more so"— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) August 13, 2017
Anyway, that’s the Sunday briefing. I hope today is a better one for all of you.