Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright responded to Donald Trump’s commentary during his impromptu press conference two days after the white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Donald Trump angered the nation when he gave a less than acceptable response to the violent racist mob that descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia with torches and automatic weapons on August 12 and 13th. The rally, held in protest of the removal of a confederate statue, turned violent when a car, driven by a alt-right white nationalist, rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, which ultimately resulted in the wounding of many and the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
In order to save some face, the president of the United States gave an impromptu press conference, answering questions and attempting to clarify that his previous statement, in which he refused to condemn the nazi, alt-right, white nationalist hate groups and instead opted to say that violence and hate was wrong “on many sides.” Trump’s second statement, which did condemn racists, was a poor consolation, insisting “the kkk, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant.” The kicker being remarks he made that there “were very fine people on both sides.”
During an interview with Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC, Madeleine Albright commented on the president’s attempt to equate racist groups like neo-Nazis with those who showed up to counter protest.
‘I’ve been troubled generally, frankly, about the way that President Trump never talks about democracy, the kind of values of our foreign policy have not been mentioned and now we have sunk to this new low in terms of giving a moral equivalency to hatred.’
Albright, who currently teaches and serves as director on the board of Council on Foreign Relations added:
‘By the way, if President Trump were to even think about taking my course, I can guarantee he would fail it, because he doesn’t understand how foreign policy is done.
‘What he’s doing — here is not normal. And what has happened is his reaction to this is not normal. It’s not American. And I think that what he has done is obviously damaged himself but made people wonder about his moral equivalency, which I just find so stunning, given what we know about appeasing fascist and right-wingers is the way to disaster.’
You can watch the entire interview courtesy of host Andrea Mitchell in the video below:
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 16, 2017
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