Donald Trump’s response to the recent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA, has gotten many people upset. Both Democrats and Republicans have spoken out against Trump for speaking of violence on both sides. Even Fox News is starting to speak out against Trump.
On Fox & Friends, which is one of Trump’s favorite shows, Republican analyst Gianno Caldwell accused Trump of betraying the conscience of the country.
‘Our president has literally betrayed the conscience of our country. He has failed us.’
Going a step further, Caldwell said that anyone who goes on TV to defend Trump is “morally bankrupt.”
He also took exception to Trump’s statement saying that there were good people on both sides of the protest.
‘Mr. President, good people don’t pal around with Nazis and white supremacists. Maybe they don’t consider themselves white supremacists and Nazis, certainly they hold those views. I hope the president learns a lesson from his press conference on yesterday. It’s disturbing.’
Caldwell’s statements are an interesting look at the growing divide in the Republican Party. Trump’s presidency has always been a point of contention for some within the GOP. He was never the party’s first choice and, prior to the election, there was a sizeable “never Trump” movement, but that movement was largely silenced upon Trump’s victory. However, many within his party have started to speak out against Trump. His response to the events at Charlottesville has only made things worse.
Many prominent Republicans were disgusted by Trump’s soft stance on white supremacists. Numerous members of Republican leadership, including former presidential candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney, spoke out condemning Trump’s statements. However, Caldwell’s comments may be the strongest condemnation of Trump yet. Most within the party have been wary of making the president too angry, but since Caldwell is not a politician, he has little to fear from Trump’s wrath leaving him free to speak out.
Of course, it is unlikely that Caldwell’s comments will do much. At most, they might inspire a few angry tweets, but that is likely all that will come of it.
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