Why President Trump’s Response to #Charlottesville Is Undeniably The Very Worst Moment of 2017
The utterly tragic events that dominated the summer of 2017 — in mid-August — is undoubtedly the most glaring proof of how almost irrevocably divided we are as a nation. The Charlottesville protests that ended with three deaths — was the culmination of furious rage that demanded more than enough time to develop.
Former President Obama’s anointed ascension and subsequent double term wasn’t without the headaches of racial strife that only got worse towards the end of his administration.
The brutality of the police force against people of color remains a focal issue of discontent as the mechanisms of social media creates a non-stop movie of images and videos that attest to what we’ve always known. The bloody footages never seemed to increase the shock value or allow gawkers permission to adequately grieve at the sight of abhorrent cruelty.
Obama’s inability to assuage the Black community from the growing fear of mandated extinction was also a cause for concern during his historic presidency. His stoic reaction to the roster of injustice — served as the reminder that the very first Black Commander-in-Chief — was in no position to live up to the hype of his unique station.
But, nothing can ever compare to President Trump’s troubling and offensive retort, which was carelessly delivered at a time of heightened chaos — stemming from a series of events that were violently dramatized at the battleground of Charlottesville, Virginia — against the backdrop of Confederate monuments that dictated the pace of good versus evil.
The evil characterization strongly belongs to the preppy-clad White supremacists who chose to exercise their rights as privileged citizens — with an unhealthy disdain for the threat of equality. The resistance was official enough to warrant push back against re-writing the wrongs of history — through the demise of stone-cold symbols that should no longer retain any ounce of reverence. And thus the full-on parade of “white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, Klansmen and neo-Nazis — was activated.
Things took an eerily grotesque turn when the bad people clashed with warriors representing the exact opposite of their ugly disposition.
The fight for the soul of America waged on with no barriers — as law enforcement opted to break from tradition by observing from the sidelines — as opposed to exacting the level of force and discipline that is usually reserved for rallies that are immersed in the fight for Black lives that Matter — regardless of the static climate.
After Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe was forced to declare a state of emergency — the tempo of unrest was elevated as the Virginia State Police finally intervened after it became clear that minimal involvement wasn’t going to cut it.
The grand finale was executed with the aid of a terrorist who demonstrated his intense love and loyalty for White people by using his vehicle as a weapon of hate. James Alex Fields plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters and expectedly injured a shitload of people, while also killing a young White woman — Heather D. Heyer.
The aftermath laid out the facts in plain sight.
White Americans are free to incite disorderly conduct with the public approval of their president — who cheers them on with statements that do everything but denounce such actions.
While Attorney General Jeff Sessions outrightly condemned the car ramming incident by describing it as “domestic terrorism,” which inevitably helped to spearhead the mission to possibly pursue trying Fields “under hate crime statutes” — President Trump was grossly defiant in his stance to offer a provocatively reprehensible response — that was hauntingly reminiscent of what Hitler would’ve righteously approved of — if he’d had the immense honor of following his comrade on Twitter.
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Trump was adamant about his stance when it came to pointing out that White supremacists with murderous tendencies also possess good qualities despite their bigoted beliefs. He also used his office as an endorser of anyone who feels the need to celebrate the superiority of White lives — in the name of preserving “very, very important” monuments that were erected to defile the value of Black people.
“You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.” “You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of — to them — a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”
As if that wasn’t sorrowful enough, President Trump went on to express the complications of assigning blame to one group while ignoring the ones who valiantly stood for the superhero mantra of Truth, Justice and the American Way:
“Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?” “You know what? It’s fine. You’re changing history, you’re changing culture. And you had people — and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists because they should be condemned totally — but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, and the press has treated them very unfairly.”
Again — as awful as those sentiments sound — it did actually get much worse when Trump was asked when he was due to visit the newly-minted ground zero:
“I own actually one of the largest wineries in the United States.” “It’s in Charlottesville.”
2017 was a hard year in more ways than one — but the daunting realization of a Trump presidency was a nightmare come true — and despite the most vivid imaginings of what something like that could potentially deliver — there’s no way to downplay how truly fucked up it is to have such a classless individual in The White House.
It’s no secret that Trump’s transformation from grooming contestants of his once hit reality game show The Apprentice to scandalizing a country that he vowed to “Make Great Again” — wasn’t an accidental occurrence.
The Obama years fueled a movement that was inspired by the global coronation of a Messiah-like hero — who arrived in the nick of a time — armed with genius and a well-equipped agenda. It was evidently a hard period to endure for the White citizens — who couldn’t warm up to the imminent consequences that erupt with the finality of a First Black Family.
Trump was elected to thwart the hopes and dreams of Americans who finally felt centered and patriotically represented by a past administration — that did an awesome job of celebrating the worth of marginalized tax payers — who unfortunately require frequent bouts of reassurance.
Our current president came into power as an ally to White supremacists — who proudly praise the leader who refuses to publicly mock their allegiance — and instead prefers to normalize the acts of violence that are racially motivated — at the expense of citizens who are constantly in danger of being victims of hate crimes.
The worst moment ever in 2017 wasn’t Trump’s back and forth with leaders of other countries or the audacity of retweeting of a British “far-right group’s anti-Muslim videos.”
It was his disgusting mishandling of #Charlottesville, which was further diseased by his remarkable negligence that he masterfully maneuvered with no apologies.
To witness the President of the United States repeatedly ignore the opportunities that call for fierce leadership and the swift condemnation of anything that stands against the basic principles of humanity is incredibly sad and staggeringly frightening.
As we approach the one-year-mark of an administration that has literally done way more harm than good — there is every indication that things are going to get drastically worse.
But, no matter how much deeper we fall into the well of chaos and disillusionment — nothing will ever overtake that moment when America died — and its killers were formally legitimized by the overthrown “leader of the free world.”
History will never forget and neither will he.