Final Update: When asked by a reporter if he wants the support of white nationalists, Trump refused to answer and walked off.
Update #2: Trump is blaming “many sides” without addressing the fact that there are quite literally Nazis and KKK members wearing his hats today in Virginia.
What would be great is if he would say, once and for all, that he denounces white supremacy, wants nothing to do with it, and would appreciate it if the folks who do would stop claiming to do so in the name of Donald Trump.
Update: they’re running people over now.
Don’t blame the car (user error):
And now someone is dead:
Well, there was a Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.
This started on Friday night when angry, torch-bearing white nationalists trekked through the University of Virginia’s campus to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the city’s Emancipation Park.
And yes, that is just as absurd as it sounds.
Here they are, toting tiki torches that look like they walked out of a Home Depot patio display:
And here’s a super-fun recap ironically from a local paper called “The Daily Progress“:
Echoing the May 13 rally at the foot of Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue, hundreds of torch-wielding white nationalists who are attending Saturday’s Unite the Right rally gathered at the University of Virginia and marched to the Rotunda, chanting, “You will not replace us.”
After the march, which began at UVa’s Nameless Field, reached the Rotunda, police later declared an unlawful assembly. Protesters and opponents alike reported being affected by pepper spray.
At the feet of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, fights began breaking out and some wielding tiki torches swung them at people. At least one person was arrested, and several people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The ralliers shouted many of the same chants at the May event, such as “blood and soil,” but this time, they declared that Charlottesville was their city now.
That’s right – white nationalists got into a torch-fight with counter-protesters right in front of Thomas Jefferson.
Reports indicate Jefferson was unharmed (“he’s doing a great job – getting noticed more and more these days“).
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer was not amused. “Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus,” he said, in a statement.
But that was just the prelude to Saturday’s “Unite The Right” rally at Emancipation Park.
As you can imagine, things quickly spiraled out of control leading, ultimately, to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declaring a state of emergency:
Everyone’s appalled, including Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel:
And Paul Ryan:
And Bill Clinton:
Hours (literally) after this crazy shit started, Trump finally decided he needed to say something and this was what he came up with:
Chelsea is calling bullshit:
Apparently Trump’s going to speak at 3. So that should be amusing.
Of course as far as the President not supporting this kind of xenophobia, someone forget to tell former KKK leader David Duke – who was live tweeting the “festivities” – because according to him, the Charlottesville rally is just another step in “fulfilling the promises of Donald Trump“:
And see this is a great time to remind you about a post we ran just one week ago called “ANTIFA Vs. ‘Free Speech’ers: Who Are The Real ‘Nazis’ Here?” in which we highlighted a cartoon that painted (figuratively and literally in this case) counter-protesters as something akin to the brown shirts and alt-Right marchers as victims:
Funny thing about that is if you looked at an actual advertisement for the infamous “free speech” rally in Boston earlier this year, you find an animated, scrolling picture of good old Adolf in the bottom right-hand corner:
As for what happened today in Virginia, here are some pictures of the folks who just wanted to exercise their right to “free speech”:
(incidentally, those two flags are 0-2 in wars)