On Wednesday, Fox News’ Shepard Smith was perplexed by the sudden unavailability of GOP guests who usually would otherwise gravitate towards Fox News like flies to a steaming pile of elephant dung.
On Tuesday, Trump doubled down on blaming “both sides” for the violence at the neo-Nazi/Confederate flag rally in Charlottesville, Virginia which left one woman dead over the weekend after a neo-Nazi ran into a crowd of counter protesters with a car.
Here’s what the so-called “president” said about the tragedy:
“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” he added. “No one wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now: You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.”
“You had people in that group who were protesting the taking down of what to them is a very, very important statue,” Trump said, before suggesting that Lee and other Confederate-era generals, including Stonewall Jackson, are the victims of historical revisionism attempting to delegitimize their roles.”
“I think there’s blame on both sides,” Trump said to reporters. “You look at both sides — I think there’s blame on both sides and I have no doubt about it, and you dont have any doubt about it either.”
On Wednesday, Smith was trying to find a guest who could provide any form of defense for Donald Trump’s indefensible racist rant earlier this week. The Fox host explained how he tried to get a response from other Republicans regarding Trump’s latest inflammatory remarks:
“Our booking team — and they’re good — reached out to Republicans of all stripes, across the country today. Let’s be honest, Republicans often don’t really mind coming on Fox News Channel. We couldn’t get anyone to come and defend him here, because we thought, in balance, someone should do that. We worked very hard at it throughout the day, and we were unsuccessful. And of those that are condemning the president’s condemnable actions, I’ve not heard any prominent leaders, former presidents, members of the House or the Senate use his name while speaking in generalities.”
It’s incredible that in 2017, America has a Republican president who openly validates neo-Nazis and other white supremacist groups on national TV. Meanwhile, GOP representatives en masse suddenly remember a super important last-minute appointment that conveniently prohibits them from making media appearances.
People we can not afford to follow in the GOP’s footsteps and be silent about what’s going on. As you read this, neo-Nazis are planning more rallies and marches as the infestation begins to swarm from underneath the darkest corners of our society.
We the people have a moral and patriotic obligation to face down and purge this evil from our society, or else the America that we believe in will slowly die under the tread of fascist jack boots.
Shepard Smith Featured image via YouTube.