Montini: Charlottesville is Trump’s legacy

E.J. Montini: The president welcomed the support of white supremacists. They expect a return on their investment

David Duke, the former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, an avowed anti-Semite, white nationalist and Donald Trump supporter, got it right.

The violence that led to one death and many injuries at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, is part of a natural (or is it unnatural?) progression, what he called the reason “we voted for Donald Trump.”

So Duke was confused by Trump saying, “I condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of violence and bigotry.”

The former Imperial Wizard tweeted the president:

During the presidential campaign Trump welcomed the support of the worst David Dukes in our country. Racists. White nationalists. And they expect a return on their investment.

As Duke said of the ugly, deadly rally Saturday, "This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump… That's why we voted for Donald Trump."

After initial news of the horror in Charlottesville was reported Trump issued a hedged denunciation, saying, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”

Many sides?

There are not many sides.

There is a right side and a wrong side.

But Trump – to what should be his shame – doesn’t want to lose the support of those on the wrong side.

Otherwise, he would have spoken out forcefully and succinctly, as many others have done, including Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, who tweeted:

What happened in Charlottesville occurred because the racists believe it is socially acceptable now to crawl out from under their rocks and assert (with force) their belief that all Americans are NOT created equal. It’s a fight for the core principle of the country.

Sen. McCain said in a statement the attack in Charlottesville represents “a confrontation between our better angels and our worst demons.”

Why hasn’t Trump more forcefully denounced the evil?

Because, as David Duke pointed out, our worst demons … vote.

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