America clearly despises neo Nazis, white supremacists, and anti Semitism. By a smaller margin they find Trump’s response to Charlottesville and the foregoing groups severely lacking in moral leadership. And, most Americans are absolutely correct.
Nine percent of Americans said holding neo-Nazi or white supremacist views is acceptable, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday.
The results of the survey come as the White House continues to field the fallout from President Trump’s comments following a white supremacist rally that left one counter protester dead and numerous others injured earlier this month.
A majority of Americans, 83 percent, said holding neo-Nazi views is unacceptable, the poll found.
Thirty-nine percent said they believe the “alt-right” holds white supremacist of neo-Nazi views, whereas 21 percent believe they do not. Thirty-nine percent had no opinion.
“Alt-right” is a term that typically refers to a political ideology that mixes populism with white supremacism and anti-Semitism.
The same poll found that a majority of Americans, 56 percent, disapproves of Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville. In the days following, Trump said there was “blame on both sides” for the violence at the “Unite the Right” rally and that there were some “very fine people” among those protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The survey was conducted from Aug. 16 to 20, polling 1,014 adults across the country over cellphones and landlines. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
Then came Monday evening, August 21, 2017 and Trump seemed to get on track sending the morally correct message, that there is no room for hate in America and the neo Nazis, the alt right, anti-Semitism and white supremacy is reprehensible, repugnant, and totally unacceptable.
Frankly this weblog finds Trump’s words last evenings just a bit suspect. In our view they were several days late and several dollars short, and, they were read from a prepared text. One obviously written by one considerably more articulate and ethical than Trump himself.
Further, Trump’s record since he began his candidacy over a year and a half ago points to a person whose value system does not contain a belief in the value of diversity, tolerance for others, and inclusion for all. As a result he has done far more to divide us than unite us as nation of one people.
Then there is the following.
In times of crisis, a president’s job is to bring the country together. But last week, when we needed this president to unite the American people against hatred and bigotry, Donald Trump did the opposite. Instead of bringing people together, he emboldened white supremacists and created a false equivalence between those upholding racism and those fighting to defeat it.
Now Trump is throwing salt on the wounds he tore open, traveling to Arizona to promote his divisive agenda and potentially pardon one of our nation’s most notorious symbols of racism and bigotry: former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
For years, Arpaio made headlines by using racial profiling and turning his officers into a deportation force to separate families – all in service to what he called “law and order.”
When I was head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under President Obama, we investigated Arpaio’s practices, and we didn’t find much law or order. In fact, we discovered more than 400 cases of rape and assault that his office had failed to investigate. They were so focused on checking people’s papers that they turned a blind eye to the victims of crime. In one instance, Arpaio’s office failed to arrest a suspect accused of raping a 13-year-old girl, and the man went on to sexually attack her again.
Instead of catching criminals, Arpaio tore families apart and built what one of his own deputies called a “wall of distrust” between the police and the Latino community.
Donald Trump is trying to take hateful policies like these nationwide.
Without moral leadership in the White House, we need both parties in Congress to come together against hate. Sadly, most of the Republican Party has failed to stand up to Trump. Just as President Trump first refused to call out white supremacists by name, the vast majority of Republicans have refused to call out Trump for empowering hatred.
Of course, the Republican Party’s failures hardly end there. Standing up to hate means doing more than disagreeing with Donald Trump on Twitter – it means defending Americans’ civil rights and working to bring our nation together.
For Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, that means calling out the fearmongering rhetoric and policies Trump has promoted throughout his candidacy and presidency. It means ending disastrous law enforcement policies like those championed by Sheriff Arpaio. It means working to make voting easier instead of fighting to deny Latinos and African-Americans their constitutional rights at the ballot box. And it means keeping immigrant families together instead of helping Donald Trump tear them apart.
I know bipartisanship on these issues is possible because I’ve seen it firsthand. When I was a civil rights attorney, I worked with Republican colleagues to fight some of same hateful groups on the rise today. But with Donald Trump as president, Republicans have thrown morality and reason to the wind.
Yes the above was written by a partisan, Thomas Perez, the Chair of the Democratic National Committee and former United States Secretary of Labor from 2013 to 2017. But the truth is the truth, no matter from whom it comes. A division president of a national company I was employed by used the phrase a leopard can’t change its spots. I never fully bought that position because I know change IS possible for those who sincerely desire to change. However, when one honestly evaluates the life record of Donald J. Trump, a man seventy years old, it is pretty clear that the odds are he has little desire to change his core moral compass.