“Joint Chiefs close ranks in condemning racism”


POLITICO

“Nearly all of the nation’s top military leaders unequivocally condemned racism in public messages Wednesday, posing a stark and unusual contrast to President Donald Trump’s remarks that both white supremacists and counterprotesters were equally to blame for the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

The brass did not mention Trump specifically but made clear they would not tolerate racism in the ranks, after it was revealed that some former troops attended and helped organize the deadly white supremacist rally that singled out minorities and Jews.”  MORE

“Stephen Colbert Monologue | Aug 15, 2017 Trump: ‘Both sides’ to blame for Charlottesville”


“Fox News, Daily Caller delete posts encouraging people to drive through protests”


CNN

“Months before a man allegedly turned his vehicle into a weapon and plowed through a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, an article that made the rounds in conservative media encouraged readers to do something similar.”  MORE

“Donald Trump Defends People Who Attended White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville (Plus A Whole Lot More)”


HUFFINGTON POST

“You had a group on one side who was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now,” Trump said, referring to white supremacists, anti-fascists known as “antifa” and counterprotesters who converged in Charlottesville over the weekend. “You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent.”  MORE

“WATCH: White supremacists chant ‘Jews will not replace us’ in Charlottesville”


YNET NEWS

“Vice News Tonight airs new footage from the neo-Nazi rally in Virginia on Friday, showing marchers chating racist slogans, including anti-Semitic ones.”  MORE

CNN BREAKING NEWS . . .


In a remarkable news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower, President Donald Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the “alt-left” on the other side.

“I think there is blame on both sides,” he said.

“What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right, do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump said. “What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs, do they have any problem, I think they do.”

He added: “You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now.”

Trump defended his 48-hour delay in denouncing white supremacists, arguing that he took his time because he didn’t know the facts.

“Mom Of Charlottesville Suspect Repeatedly Called 911 On Her Son For Violent Threats”


HUFFINGTON POST

“James Alex Fields Jr., 20, the white nationalist accused of plowing his car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and injuring 19, appears to have a history of violent behavior, according to reports.

Fields’ mother, Samantha Lea Bloom, who uses a wheelchair, reported threats by her son to police at least three times, according to records TMZ obtained from Kentucky authorities for 2010 and 2011, when Fields would have been 13 and 14 years old.”  MORE

“Stephen Colbert Monologue 8/14/17 – Denouncing White Supremacism Is Easy”


““We must call evil by its name”: Republicans criticize Trump, Jeff Sessions for ignoring white supremacists in Charlottesville statements”


SALON

“Donald Trump did not hesitate to compare U.S. intelligence officers to Nazis but after white nationalists waving the Nazi flag erupted in violent clashes throughout downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, the president failed to call out racists and chide white supremacists — even after a car plowed into a group of anti-racists protesters, killing at least one person.

A spokesperson for the University of Virginia Hospital cited one death and at least 35 injured on Saturday afternoon, the violent aftermath of a what appears to be a deliberate attack. White supremacists gathered near the college campus to protest the removal of a Confederate statute. Self-identified “alt-right” protesters —a key constituency of Trump’s base made up mostly of white men— marched through the campus carrying tiki torches Friday night.”  MORE

“Trump — once again — fails to condemn the alt-right, white supremacists”


CNN

Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN) – President Donald Trump, a man known for his bluntness, was anything but on Saturday, failing to name the white supremacists or alt-right groups at the center of violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Instead, the man whose vicious attacks against Hillary Clinton, John McCain, federal judges, fellow Republican leaders and journalists helped define him both in and out of the White House simply blamed “many sides.”  MORE