Don't Blame Political Violence On The President

Don't Blame Political Violence On The President

Coverage of the conflict in Charlottesville has been predictably one-sided, with far-right protestors portrayed as the sole antagonists despite the presence of violent, petulant BLM and ANTIFA members on the scene. There is a twist to the typical narrative, however.

Usually, frays between the right and left follow a predictable pattern: a right-leaning speaker attends a university to conduct a forum for a right-leaning audience. That speaker’s supporters are verbally jeered, decried as Nazis and fascists, and often physically assaulted.

In the case of Charlottesville, the right cannot claim such an innocent role. Unfortunately, Charlottesville has drawn out the segments of the far-right that do identify as Nazis, support the tenets of the Ku Klux Klan, and espouse the virtues of white nationalism. The mainstream media would like the nation to believe that these despicable actors are representative of all, or even a large percentage of, Donald Trump’s supporters. They would like you to believe that they represent the views of Donald Trump himself.

They don’t. 

Donald Trump does not need to apologize for or denounce the views and actions of groups just because they associate themselves with the right. Despite this, the president has denounced these deplorables:

‘"Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its names are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," the president said during an impromptu press conference Monday.’

The apology is a response to a widely-held, patently ridiculous premise. The actions of neo-Nazis or white supremacists who self-identify as right-leaning are not the responsibility of the man whom they identify with. The same is true with respect to former KKK grand wizard David Duke, who continues to profess the Charlottesville mob’s support for the sitting president. David Duke’s love for Donald Trump is not reciprocated, and one’s insistence that they support the President does not warrant a statement of denouncement from the President.

Issuing the above statement clarifying that, in fact, the President does not support lynching in the name of white supremacy nor a revival of pro-Hitler sentiment does not hurt anybody. But, like most ‘solutions’ to the non-controversies which perpetually consume the left, it is a waste of time and energy better used elsewhere. 

Who, in 2017, really needs to say that they aren’t a Hitler fan? If you are a fan of Hitler, everybody is going to know it. The swastika tattoos and unbridled fervor which leads every conversation into anti-minority diatribes tends to give away any pro-Nazi sentiment one may harbor. Haven’t liberals watched American History X?

Clearly not. 

The lazy line of thinking that associates anything and everything even loosely tied to the alt-right protestors in Charlottesville with pro-Nazi feelings has extended beyond the president:

‘Corporations, in a bid to protect their brands and images, have been quick to denounce the groups. Even so, the groups continue using the products as well as brand logos in whatever way they want.

“TIKI Brand is not associated in any way with the events that took place in Charlottesville and are deeply saddened and disappointed,” the company wrote Saturday on its Facebook page. “We do not support their message or the use of our products in this way.”’

What’s next? 

Are the jean brands and shoe companies whose products are seen donning the bodies of neo-Nazis going to have to apologize? If the company that produces the torches of choice carried by these extremists felt compelled to issue a formal apology to protect their brand, where does it end?

Clearly, there is no end in sight. The buck certainly does not stop at the oval office. Or even the TIKI torch PR headquarters. The trail of the aggrieved knows no bounds.

Except, of course, the boundary that divides the right from the left. Make no mistake, the left– led by ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter– played as significant a role in escalating the violence as the right. In most civilian conflicts along partisan lines, it is the left-associated groups that start the violence, yet never a word of condemnation is uttered from the media.

That was the reality that President Trump was alluding to when he spoke of, “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.” The “many sides” includes the neo-Nazis and white supremacists. But it also includes those on the left who routinely resort to guerrilla tactics under the guise of moral superiority. 

And the President said as much. Predictably, he was eviscerated for stating this irrefutable fact, which led to today’s statement directed solely at the extreme right in Charlottesville.

To properly illustrate the two-sided nature of culpability with respect to the conflict in Virginia, consider some of these facts, courtesy of the phenomenal Stilton’s Place

‘The "Unite the Right" rally was planned ahead of time in coordination with the ACLU, a proper permit was obtained, and no matter how odious the nincompoop group's views might be, they had a First Amendment right to assemble peacefully and speak.’

While the president and most on the right wholeheartedly renounce the views of extreme-right neo-Nazis, they did have a legal right to speak their mind in Charlottesville. Consider it a legal right to expose oneself as an unabashed a-hole, but a right nonetheless.

‘Officials of Charlottesville (along with Virginia governor and longtime Clinton hack, Terry McAuliffe) presciently "predicted" violence before the event, perhaps because they were welcoming the imbecilic armies of Antifa and BLM with open arms - after which they illegally (according to an actual judge) tried to move the event before revoking the permit entirely. Unsurprisingly, and perhaps intentionally, chaos ensued.’

Even the leaders on the left, such as Gov. Terry McAuliffe, know that ANTIFA’s presence means violence, yet they continue to blame the right solely for the predictable melees.

And when ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter engaged in violence, they did so with impunity from the opinionated media:

‘Antifa and BLM came looking for violence, then caused it - throwing stones and water bottles, pepper spraying alt-right types, and occasionally just beating people bloody (although in fairness, some in the "Unite the Right" crowd clearly came to rumble, too). Seemingly, the police did little to stop this and might (we emphasize might) have been instructed to step back to allow some politically useful carnage to take place.’

Coverage of the Charlottesville protests has proven, yet again, a clinic in irresponsible reporting. It has proven, yet again, that the extremist groups of the left are above culpability, essentially instigators of violence that, in the case of Charlottesville, helps advance the media’s narrative of the right as the party of Hitler.

The media’s irresponsibility should not influence the president’s statements and actions. Yet, in the case of Charlottesville and the President’s ultimate capitulation in the face of unjust criticism, it was proven once again that irrational outrage rules the day.