Donald Trump angered a lot of people both domestically and abroad with recent statements about the Nazi terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia that claimed the life of a 32-year old woman peacefully protesting the civil war statues of confederate soldiers erected during the civil rights era just to spite blacks.
Now, Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee is doing what needs to be done to ensure that Trump’s anti-semitic behavior in the past week is not allowed to continue in the White House.
“Instead of unequivocally condemning hateful actions by neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Klansmen following a national tragedy, the President said ‘there were very fine people on both sides.’ There are no good Nazis. There are no good Klansmen. President Trump has failed the presidential test of moral leadership.”
President Trump took three days to condemn the fascist nazi behavior in Charlottesville, leaving the country in disarray and racists and bigots thinking the president of the United States agrees with them. This unbelievably dangerous rhetoric and its impact are lost on Trump, who is just worried about insulting his illiterate fanbase.
Trump condemned the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” in Charlottesville after days of being berated in the press and on social media for refusing to racists. However, he then blamed the antifascist protesters for inciting the racists:
“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 that. But I’ll say it right now.”
Cohen says that, as a Jew, he cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the things Trump says, and now, he’s ready to fight:
“As a Jew and as an American and as a representative of an African American district, I am revolted by the fact that the President of the United States couldn’t stand up and unequivocally condemn Nazis who want to kill Jews and whose predecessors murdered 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, and could not unequivocally condemn Klansmen whose organization is dedicated to terrorizing African Americans. No moral president would ever shy away from outright condemning hate, intolerance and bigotry.”