During a fiery question and answer session with the leftwing media Tuesday afternoon, President Trump arrived loaded for bear. The presser was vintage Trump. Combative, oftentimes hilarious, and filled with deeply satisfying moments that sometimes happen when Trump is at his best, moments when stark truths are finally said out loud, and by the President of the United States, no less.
The event was advertised as something that was supposed to be about infrastructure, but it was obvious from the beginning that the president had any number of other things on his mind. It was just as obvious that the media was hoping to get a piece of him, to bait him. None of it worked. Trump appeared to enjoy every moment of the hostile back and forth. Moreover, he had three truths he wanted to communicate to the American people, and so that is exactly what he did and we are now a better country for it.
1. “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis.”
Trump again blasted the white supremacists in Charlottesville, and he also tore into the man charged with driving his car into a group of Antifa counter-protesters as a “disgrace to his family and country… a murderer.”
However, Trump also pointed out that not everyone who protested that day against the removal Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue is a racist. Some came in good faith. In other words, Trump is breaking through the media narrative that instantly defines anyone opposed to tearing down confederate statues as a Nazi:
Those people – all of those people – excuse me. I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were White Supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee.
And you take a look at some of the groups and you see – and you’d know it if you were honest reporters, which in many cases you’re not, but many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee.
It should be noted, but won’t be by our dishonest media, that Trump also said the same about some of those on the other side of the protest, he accurately pointed out that not every counter-protester was there to commit violence.
But you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me – I saw the same pictures as you did.
The media’s response to this truth has been unhinged. They are claiming Trump believes there are good people in the white supremacist movement. This despite the fact he made clear — without being asked — that this is exactly what he did not mean:
I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists.
And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people, but you also had troublemakers.
2. “Are we going to take down statues to George Washington?”
Although Trump made clear that he believes, and appropriately so, that the decision to remove statues should be left to local governments, he also made another clarifying point: Where does this madness end?
George Washington was a slave-owner. Was George Washington a slave-owner? So, will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down – excuse me – are we going to take down – are we going to take down statues to George Washington?
How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him? Are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave-owner. Now, are we going to take down his statue? So you know what? It’s fine. You’re changing history. You’re changing culture.
Quite hilariously the disingenuous is pretending Trump is insane for lumping together Lee with Jefferson and Washington, even though the calls from the left to memory-hole our slave-owning Founding Fathers, to remove their statues and tributes, have been floated for more than a decade.
Where will it end?
Lincoln was serious about freeing the slaves and shipping them back to Africa. West Virginia is lousy with tributes to Klansman (and Democrat) Robert Byrd. Ulysses Grant owned slaves. Franklin Roosevelt interned the Japanese.
The media can pretend the left’s Taliban-ish crusade for historical purity is not real, but it is, and Americans know it.
3. “There was violence on both sides.”
This is, without question, the most important point the president made, and he made it repeatedly.
Post-Charlottesville, the MSM’s shameless propaganda push, their audacious and coordinated attempt to write the culpability of Antifa out of Saturday’s riot is not only Orwellian, it is (and this is by design) dangerous. The media obviously wants Antifa motivated and out there, wants their own personal army of Brownshirts fanning out across the country to break heads, not just of Nazis but of everyday Trump supporters, of anyone on the Right who dares hold an unacceptable opinion.
Trump was having none of it:
When James Monroe was president (our 5th) he actually shipped back as many blacks as wanted to go to Africa.
They settled in Liberia and named its capital after him: Monrovia.
Seriously that was an epic presser.
Seems so-called journalism majors could benefit from a few classes in things like LOGIC, FALLACIES of REASONING, back-to-basics: the Who, What, When, Where & How of writing fact-based stories.
@Nanny G: We will tear down all true history, burn books blast Mt Rushmore to smitherines. It makes their panties wad up so must be eliminated. Put up statues of Lenin and other mass murderers, in place of those that held ideals of their time.
Reason and logic? Truth? you fascist. 😛
Adolf Trump did indeed deliver an epic and jaw dropping presser. And of course, it’s expected for the trump turd polishers to go full throttle with the spin machine.
While the 3 “truths” above are no more than non sequitur gibberish, that part about Washington and Jefferson struck me (not as much as Adolf’s claim of waiting to comment was due to his long history of having to acquire all the facts before making a conclusion, but it’s another quite telling moment).
Jefferson and Washington (based on his argument that they had slaves) has no relationship to these Confederate leader statues. You see, these Confederates waged war on the country and slaughtered their fellow Americans, burned families out of their homes, raped and robbed. But sure, we have those “spoils of war” and while Washington and Jefferson were far from sainthood, it’s the motive of that war that eliminates any comparison. The motive was simply to protect slave owners from losing their ability to buy, sell, whip, rape, enslave, and own human beings. That’s what the war of Lee et al was about.
But what makes Adolf’s argument even more ridiculous is that these statues weren’t even erected right after the war or even to commemorate the war but rather as intimidation during times of racial issues such as the early 1920s with the introduction of Jim Crow laws, when and the KKK were terrorizing certain cities and on into the 50s and 60s with school desegregation and the MLK movement.
With the understanding of Adolf Trump shooting from the hip, it’s not known if he was just misleading or is he’s just ignorant of history.
@Ajay42302: Fascist, you are truly a fascist, what would you call obama? Who promoted black militantism, loved the fascist blm, supports terrorists over Americans. You are truly disillusioned and pitiful. His idol is and was Bill Ayers.
oh, btw, ALL of those statues were erected by democrats. Hypocrite.
The true cause of the war between the states was state rights, but you are 2 blind to read beyond your narrow comprehension of real history.
While your diatribe mirrors that of the usual sockpuppet with no more than a new name, you are correct that the true cause of the war between the states was state rights- the right for states to market and enslave human beings.
Which party did or didn’t erect the statues has no bearing in my argument. The real issue would be which party is now not only protecting them but has come to be more supportive of the alt-right, KKK, and has even trended more towards Hitler apologists?
And by the way, Obama is no longer President.
Aside from that, your hyperbole is merit-less, has no relationship with my #3 comment, and has the oh so familiar sound of fins clapping together with a chant of “ork ork ork” with an anticipation of a fish toss from your puppet-masters.
only time when we burn the book as in Berlin in 1932. with no records of history the globalist will wipe away the past. it is obvious that from the number of buses kept in the background and not reported by the media someone was paying the bill-soros and company. what these snowflakes do not understand, is that the Klan controls the south. when it was declared a domestic terrorist group it went underground. oh, Robert Byrd, house member, his name in on the incorporation paper for the Klan in West Virginia.
So, when Trump says he denounces Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists, yet you state “he supports Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists!”, how are you not an idiot?
Well aware of the false narrative “you people” are trying, quite pathetically, to propagate.
Theirs no reality in that, which makes you the fascist.
Greg, you know your hurting your people’s causes, right? Go get a job.