President Trump never intended to exonerate the neo-Nazis or the KKK in Charlottesville. Republicans will not try to explain what the President meant or defend him in any way. People in his inner circle aren’t sticking up for him which is nothing short of betrayal.
Tillerson added to the attacks Sunday.
According to Axios, in general, President Trump thinks his secretary of state Rex Tillerson “just doesn’t get it, he’s totally establishment in his thinking.” Then, yesterday, on Fox News Sunday, Tillerson issued a stunning rebuke of the President.
Astonishingly, Chris Wallace began by referring to the corrupt U.N.s latest attack in which they stated that America is abusing human rights as seen in Charlottesville. The UN sent out an “early warning” alert over Charlottesville, suggesting we are on a par with ISIS and Iraq. It’s a meaningless political attack from the dictator’s club, a group that hates America. Wallace treated it as if it were legitimate to demean President Trump.
Wallace then asked Tillerson if it “makes it harder for you to push American values around the world when some foreign leaders question president’s values?”
Tillerson gave the expected diplomatic answer.
Wallace again referred to the meaningless comments from the U.N., saying the U.N. has doubts “we’re living those values”. Before I go further, you should know that the U.N. committee that is so worried about our “values” includes countries like China, Russia, Guatemala, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey…
Tillerson said he didn’t believe anyone doubts American values and our commitment to defending them. That’s when Wallace asked specifically about the “president’s values”.
Tillerson said: The president speaks for himself, Chris.
Wallace: Are you separating yourself from that, sir?
Tillerson: I’ve spoken – I’ve made my own comments as to our vales as well in a speech I gave to the State Department this past week.
Dragging President Trump into the Charlottesville controversy from the jump was obviously meant to damage him and it came from neverTrumpers and the left. The left wanted to make it about the President from the moment Charlottesville began. The President’s timing and the way he described the event gave them fodder.
President Trump said, there was wrong “on many sides”, adding there were many “very fine people” among the white supremacists at the rally.
The President thought there were normal right-wing protesters at the rally. Perhaps he thought that because protests prior to this were of perfectly fine people. The President didn’t apologize.
Obama had more latitude though he never apologized either.
Barack Obama drew absolutely outrageous moral equivalency arguments on an ongoing basis, but President Trump cannot do the same, definitely not with hate groups.
Listen to the exchange with Tillerson:
Gary Cohn, the Democrat financial wiz, has outlasted all of Trump’s supporters in the White House but not because he will necessarily defend the President.
Allegedly, according to Axios, when Cohn made his comments about Trump and Charlottesville, Trump said privately, “Gary is more concerned with his friends in the Hamptons than he is with being loyal and defending POTUS.”
That would be a reference to Cohn explaining why he didn’t quit after Trump’s Charlottesville remarks.
For those who haven’t heard, three days ago, Cohn said he was under enormous pressure to resign. He is Jewish and the neo-Nazis were shouting horrible things about Jews. [Make no mistake, the neo-Nazis and KKK are horrible.]
“I have come under enormous pressure both to resign and to remain in my current position,” Cohn said during an interview with the Financial Times about economic policy.
“As a Jewish-American, I will not allow neo-Nazis ranting ‘Jews will not replace us’ to cause this Jew to leave his job. I feel deep empathy for all who have been targeted by these hate groups. We must all unite together against them,” Cohn said.
The administration “must do better” when condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists, he continued.
Someone must say eventually that we do also need to do better calling out Antifa and BLM. They are not the good guys.
Steve Mnuchin, another Democrat financial wiz, also had to defend himself after the President’s comments but said this: “I think there’s no question the president was not equating the hate groups who were peaceful, and under no circumstances was I going to resign.”
The President wasn’t supporting Nazis or KKK of course but the President did seem to think there were normal right-wing protesters at the Charlottesville rally and most don’t believe any righteous person would be marching at a rally with KKK and neo-Nazis.