President Trump has been on the receiving end of relentless criticism for his comments regarding the white supremacist rally and subsequent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend.
The negativity is thoroughly unwarranted and beyond hypocritical.
This was Trump’s statement condemning the violence:
“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.”
CNN’s Chris Cillizza, an embarrassment by any journalism measuring stick, spoke for a majority of the far-left liberals in this country, whose acceptance and encouragement of violence for groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa is as much a contributing factor to the rise of white supremacists as anything else.
“It’s hard to imagine a less presidential statement in a time in which the country looks to its elected leader to stand up against intolerance and hatred,” he wrote.
In an interview with Judge Jeanine Pirro, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee explained exactly why the criticism is off base.
- The timing of the comments.
- The facts of the case.
- Trump was right to not jump the facts, as president Obama did time and again.
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Let’s expand on those points:
1) “At the time that he made the comment, the driver of the car had not even been identified,” Huckabee rightfully pointed out.
2) A Virginia police spokesperson confirmed Trump’s statement that violence at the rallies was “on all sides.”
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) August 12, 2017
3) “And so what is he supposed to say?” Huckabee added. “Is he supposed to do what Barack Obama used to do and jump to conclusion and make a decision like he did in Ferguson. Missouri, which turned out to be totally untrue? The president has to be careful in taking steps. I thought what he condemned was what we all could immediately condemn and that was the violence, the car some coward in a car drove into innocent people to try and kill them. And he condemned that! What else is he supposed to do at that point?”
It’s laughable to watch Democrats and the media immediately draw conclusions in this case and demand that the attackers be condemned as domestic terrorists when for years they refused to utter the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ and insisted on holding off commentary until days later.
And they always had a disclaimer.
Does nobody remember when Obama quantified terrorist attacks by essentially saying ‘yea, well Christians did it too?’
Remember when Obama “both sides” ISIS by bringing up the Crusades?
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) August 12, 2017
Obama is a fringe leftist?
— Kevin Hodges (@k_hodge5001) August 12, 2017
Where was the uproar coming from the media back then?
After the facts came in, Vice President Mike Pence issued a statement in which he clarified the White House response to the violence.
“We have no tolerance for hate and violence, white supremacists or neo-Nazis or the KKK,” Pence said.
The media still won’t be satisfied. Their unhinged hatred of conservatives has been contributing to violence in America for some time – why would they stop now?
Is the media being unfair to Trump over his statement condemning violence “on all sides?” Tell us what you think below!