Rarely does pointing fingers and hurling accusations engender any amount of meaningful progress or resolutions. Unfortunately, many anti-Trump critics have yet to learn this. According to reports from The Hill, Fox and Friends guest Gianno Caldwell went on air and stated that anyone who defends the President is “morally bankrupt.” Quite frankly, Caldwell should think twice before making such flagrantly untrue statements.
There are some critical things that Caldwell and people like him need to understand. For starters, all Trump supporters are not the same. Many Americans who support the President are good, hardworking people. The majority of pro-Trump supporters are in favor of reform measures such as legal immigration, job creation, and the prosperity of the free market. Americans who view President Trump favorably come from all different backgrounds, races, and walks of life. To lump such a diverse group of people into one negative category is unfortunate. Caldwell should be ashamed of himself.
Even more alarming than Caldwell's baseless, broad generalizations about all Trump supporters was his criticism of the President's decision to call out those who played a role in the unacceptable fights and riots in Charlottesville. In Caldwell's own words:
Caldwell’s statements are highly problematic and misleading. In his broad generalizations, Caldwell conveniently failed to acknowledge the President's very clear condemnations of white supremacists, KKK members, and Nazis which is as follows:
“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 are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
An individual who “pals around” with Nazis and white supremacists would not censure them. Either Caldwell is genuinely ignorant about the President's latest condemnation of racial hate groups, or he simply does not care. Either scenario is unfortunate. To possess a reasonable amount of awareness before discussing such important issues is paramount. Hopefully, Caldwell will learn this lesson sooner rather than later.
Gianno Caldwell is only a symptom of the disease which exists in politics. Each side of the spectrum tends to vilify and dehumanize those with opposing ideologies and viewpoints. Such actions only serve to alienate others. In reality, we are all Americans and should be coming together for the betterment of this nation. There is good and bad everywhere, something that liberals and conservatives alike must come to terms with.
Unfortunately, many leftist radicals do not believe in people in coming together. They are so blinded by rage and hatred for President Trump that, in their minds, anyone who sees the world differently from them is the enemy and deserves to be vilified and harassed. This is destructive to America and should be condemned as much as any Nazi or member of Antifa.
The political blame game is troublesome, but in order for it to be solved, the underlying foundation must be uncovered. Recent events have shown that valuing blind emotion over logic is what has engendered many Americans to point fingers and hurl accusations. Whether one identifies as liberal, centrist, or conservative, the facts still remain. The Alt-Right undoubtedly played a role in Saturday's horrific Charlottesville events, as did the radical left. Republicans and Democrats both appear unwilling or unable to accept this.
Sadly, the lack of awareness and pointing of fingers is not only limited to civilians. Many prominent politicians, like Mitt Romney, Joe Biden, and John McCain came out and censured the President for acknowledging the radical left’s role in the hateful riots. Apparently, Romney, Biden, McCain, and others like them believe the Alt-Right are the only ones at fault. This notion is incorrect, and if these politicians truly believe what they're saying, that is even more unfortunate.
The Alt-Right and the radical left are both at fault for the atrocities in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. They each played their roles. The Alt-Right instigated the matter by showing up with Nazi flags, lit Tiki torches, and hurling expletives for no apparent reason. They claim they were in Virginia to protest the removal of Robert E. Lee's statue, but they could have gone about the matter entirely differently, and they know it. Likewise, the radical left fell right into their trap by showing up with communist flags and throwing punches. Wholly blaming the Alt-Right while absolving the radical left of any and all guilt is irresponsible.
Gianno Caldwell and others who share his principles and ideologies need to seriously reevaluate their views. Is it better to point the finger or work with people? Is it wise to ignore irrefutable facts for the sake of feelings? Caldwell's indirect assertion of President Trump's supposed support for Nazis and white supremacists is just incorrect. His declaration that all Trump supporters are morally bankrupt is equally incorrect. If America ever plans to heal its deep divides, coming together and working to find common ground with those of whom we share differences is more paramount than ever.