After a protest of the removal of a confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent Saturday, resulting in three fatalities, Trump condemned hatred and bigotry, resulting in outrage from the left.
But these critics are completely forgetting their favor for ambiguity in other instances of domestic, race related violence, and Fox News’ Jesse Watters is calling them out for the hypocrisy.
Trump’s failure to specifically address white supremacy in his original statement following the violence mirrored responses of former President Barack Obama to racially charged domestic terrorism.
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But the left has decided to conveniently ignore this similarity in their efforts to further divide our nation.
The acts of violence by white supremacist, neo-Nazi’s, and Ku Klux Klan members are disgusting and not to be tolerated in the United States, an opinion supported by White House Statements.
In the hours after a car plowed into a group of anti-racist counter-protesters on Saturday, Trump addressed the violence in broad strokes, saying that he condemns “in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
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While Trump clearly does not support the violence that occurred Saturday, liberals interpreted his statement as support for the racist extremist groups.
But are they completely forgetting Obama’s refusal to say “Islamic terrorism”, or to associate Black Lives Matter with mass killings of our nation’s officers?
While the violence of the alt-right is undeniably disgusting, Watters draws an important comparison of the rhetoric of Trump and Obama, addressing the hypocrisy the left has against Trump.
The White House statement Sunday specifically addressed the racism, saying “The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.” It added: “He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia, “does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute.”
Sessions said the Justice Department is pursuing the case “in every way.”
He added: “You can be sure we will charge and advance the investigation towards the most serious charges that can be brought, because this is an unequivocally unacceptable and evil attack that cannot be accepted in America.”
Sessions also says he is meeting with President Donald Trump and officials from the FBI on Monday to discuss the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said Sunday that he considered the attack to be terrorism.
“I certainly think anytime that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism,” McMaster told ABC’s “This Week.” ″It meets the definition of terrorism. But what this is, what you see here, is you see someone who is a criminal, who is committing a criminal act against fellow Americans.”
The president’s homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, defended the president’s initial statement by suggesting that some of the counter-protesters were violent, too. When pressed during a contentious interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he specifically condemned the racist groups.
The president’s daughter and White House aide, Ivanka Trump, tweeted Sunday morning: “There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.”
While this is a time that the nation needs to come together as one, the left is focused on dividing themselves from Americans who support the president, and using hypocritical logic to do so.
-The Associated Press contributed to this article.