White privilege means you can fail to acknowledge one of the most egregious open displays of racism in recent years, then place blame on “many sides” when you do address it, just to finally decide to explicitly call out white supremacy only after you’ve been raked over the coals by leaders from virtually every arena possible. That’s a summary of Donald Trump’s response to the tragic events that unfolded in Charlottesville, VA last weekend.
To that end, there are many problems with Trump’s [lack of] empathy, compassion, honesty, and accountability regarding the white supremacists’ hate crimes committed in Virginia. Among them is the fact that Donald Trump, a vocal peddler of fear regarding radical Islamic terrorists, flat out refused to use the term “domestic terrorists” to describe the hatemongers who so proudly support him and facilitated the events that unfolded in Virginia.
Now, as if Charlottesville never even happened, Trump is back on his crusade against radical Islamic terrorists, and he is proud of it. Trump took to Twitter on Friday evening to boast about his newest bill, the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
According to Trump:
‘The bill authorizes the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation to begin the Commemorative Works Act process to establish a National Global War on Terrorism Memorial on Federal land in the District of Columbia.’
However, as many social media users were quick to point out, Trump’s attempt to present a facade of patriotism, is overshadowed by the hate he encourages and enables:
Others are simply sick of the Trump administration and seized the chance to express just that:
Someone needs to tell Donald Trump that ignoring racism won’t make it go away. The last 400 plus years of American history should be proof enough of that.
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