Trumps America: The Charlottesville Horror

TRUMP IS A DUMPOn August 11th, 2017, hundreds of white supremacists rallied together in the collegetown of Charlottesville, Virginia in order to spread fear, hatred, and bigotry amongst the people of the town. For the “alt-right” white supremacists, this was a rally against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. With lit torches in hand, the protesters also meant to strike a message to anyone not of their race and ideology, showing that they were rallying to take back America for themselves.

As the white supremacists began to rally on the campus, counter-protesters began to rally up against the bigotry and attempted to push the crowds out of the town and make them disperse. The violence became exponentially worse as the two sides grew heated, because they were face to face with their enemies leading to a tragic incident. The tragic events that followed is a testament to which side should take fault for this weekends horrors.

James Alex Fields Jr. jumped into his Dodge Charger and began ramming counter-protesters as they flew off the hood of his car and onto the floor. Fields drove back and forth multiple times, ensuring that many of the counter-protesters would be harmed. Over 19 people were injured in this horrific incident and one 32 year-old woman was killed by Fields, along with 2 others. He faces one count of second-degree murder. There were many people on the scene who attempted to hold the wounds of the 32 year-old woman, but couldn’t stop the bleeding and pain that she was in.

The Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the morning and said, “all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today: Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.” The Governor bravely chose to stand against the white supremacist powers and sided with the people who are attempting to protect their freedoms against the oppressive supremacists. The police then followed his orders to try and stop as much of the violence that they could, and to disband the supremacist gatherings around the town.

 

President Trump, on the other hand, was not brave and could not comment clearly about the situation at hand. Trump stated in a brief statement, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America”. Trump’s statement is incredibly cowardly during this moment of horror for our country. Our president does not have the guts to call out the white supremacist party for starting yet another campaign of hate against the people of this country. Trump chooses the phrase “on many sides,” which means he blames both parties for the consequences of the protests that took place this weekend.

 

We have this fear of terrorists entering our country because of ideas driven into our consciousness by people like president Trump, who instill fear of different beliefs and religions in our minds. We fear outside forces even when we have terrorists in our own backyard, plotting against our own people, and attempting to wipe out every race that isn’t white. These white supremacist groups will continue to grow and thrive in our country if we don’t acknowledge the negativity and violence that they bring. Trump spreads the blame to both sides of the Charlottesville protesters, yet the counter-protesters were only there to stop the hate that was spreading around the town.

 

While Trump couldn’t be the president he needs to be, other politicians took to the media to give their two cents about the horrific incidents. Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted that this act was “a provocative effort by Neo-Nazis to foment racism,” and former VP Joe Biden said “There is only one side.” This brings hope that our government still has the ability to take a strong stance against terrorism within our own walls.

 

Many of the members that were in the white supremacists rally consisted of KKK members and white nationalists from many different states. One of the people at this rally was a prominent KKK member named David Duke, who released a statement saying, “This represents a turning point for the people of this country… We are determined to take this country back. We’re gonna fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump because he said he’s going to take our country back”. It seems as though with Trump’s message, “Make America Great Again,” these supremacist parties are beginning their “crusade” to “take this country back”. David Duke also continued to say that Trump can’t call them out on being the problem because they were the ones who voted him into office and gave him the power. Trump’s presidency is promoting hatred, making this a very scary moment for our country.

 

The events that occurred this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia cannot be looked past by our government. We need to rise against people that promote racism, bigotry, and hatred within our country if we want to stand a chance against outside forces. President Trump’s inability to take a stance against the white supremacist party shows weakness in our government and only promotes the rise of these evil parties against the people of America. It’s good to see that many other officials of the government are taking a stand against these parties and I can only hope that this will push our “leader” to make the right decisions and find a way to disband these groups and break their leadership up. I understand that there is freedom of speech in our country, but if the speech is used to harm the people within the country and leads to violence and death, should it really be free to promote and spread? Hopefully, we can find a way to stop the violence and end this type of hatred within our own country one day.

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