President Trump thought he had the nation fooled this week when he released a follow up to one of his most infamous blunders since taking office. However, decades-spanning journalist Dan Rather stepped forth recently to blast President Trump for being intentionally “divisive” with his stance on racism.
Rather, who has never hid his biting criticism of Trump, ripped into the president for his tweet in which he condemned “all types of racism” ahead of the anniversary of the Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist rally.
“When Trump criticizes ‘all types of racism’ he’s using false equivalence to wink at those who peddle in the distortions of white grievance,” Rather wrote. “It makes a mockery of our history and our present. It’s not calming and unifying. It’s provocative and divisive. And it’s intentional.”
When Trump criticizes "all types of racism" he's using false equivalence to wink at those who peddle in the distortions of white grievance. It makes a mockery of our history and our present. It's not calming and unifying. it's provocative and divisive. And it's intentional.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 12, 2018
“The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!”
Several critics pointed out that Trump’s remarks seemed to convey a similar narrative to his “both sides” remark following the aftermath of the deadly rally last August.
The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2018
The president faced significant criticism following Charlottesville for his suggestion that there were both “blame” and “very fine people” on “both sides” of the rally, which ended after a counter-protester was brutally murdered.
First daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump took a much firmer stance in opposition to white supremacists, tweeting out Saturday night that there is “no place for white supremacy, racism, and neo-nazism in our great country.”
Here’s how Americans reacted:
Dan Rather for President.
— Cera (@ifsaal044) August 12, 2018
Thank you for your thoughts. I value your insights.
— Elizabeth Huber (@Huber1903) August 12, 2018
Exactly. It’s like the “many sides” comment in subtle disguise.
— Michael E. Berumen (@MEBerumen) August 12, 2018
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