President’s Trump’s media words have been losing their value for some time. Now they are barely a side dish to the main course.
Forty-eight hours late, Trump found specific words to address the violent protests in Charlottesville, where one person died and 19 people were injured.
He said: "Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups [which are] repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."
This followed his initial, heavily criticized response, when he blamed “many sides.”
In between, there was some confusion — with many news organizations rolling their eyes when it came to an “unnamed White House official” statement forced to condemn extremists by name, after Trump’s refusal to do so.
Forget about the last six months — the Trump Administration really starts now.
It is not just about those loose, equivocating words. It is about terrorist acts committed on U.S. soil during his Presidency — by U.S. citizens who have supported him.
Is he now angry about all extremists groups, including ISIS? Will he put the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, in the same sentence as ISIS? Not yet.
If words have questionable value with this President, maybe actions would be better. Like telling certain groups he doesn’t want their support.
Perhaps Trump can do this on his so-called Trump TV platforms: YouTube, Facebook and other sites. He would tell you he believes in media — in theory. We agree, especially where honesty, truth and facts can be verified.
Some white supremacist leaders have been pointing the finger at the President with their own message: Since fringe groups helped get him elected, they should get recognition. Some in the alt-right carried pro-Trump banners and wore Trump hats during the protests, held over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.
“That’s why we voted for Donald Trump,” said the former KKK chief and former Louisiana state legislator David Duke in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. “We’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in.”
Long-term recognition isn’t the problem. Cognition is.