In a surprise statement Monday, President Trump had this to say about the terrorist attack in Charlottesville over the weekend:
Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to what we hold dear as Americans.”
He read from a teleprompter and invoked the words love and unity and all the best that this country stands for. Still, he did not go so far as calling the attack “domestic terrorism” or denouncing the alt-right movement that fuels his remaining popularity.
Trump: “No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws. We all salute the same great flag.” https://t.co/2ea7drUOCR
— CNN (@CNN) August 14, 2017
Same Old Lines
President Trump refused to take sides after the Charlottesville attack even though he did it on many other occasions. In a speech following the tragedy, he described the clashes as an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” but he refused to place the blame on white supremacism.
The White House defended Trump saying that he did not mention white supremacists in his speech because he didn’t want to ‘dignify’ the name of that particular group.
Trump Blasts His Colleagues, Reporters
On the other hand, in the last two years, Trump has spoken out on various issues and condemned them. From Sen. John McCain and Starbucks to Muslim immigration and Pope Francis, he voiced his opinions.
For instance, in July 2015, he said Sen. John McCain is not a war hero in the Vietnam War “because he was captured”. He added that he likes people who avoid being captured.
Days later, he blasted Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for being an “idiot” and “lightweight” in response to Graham’s reaction to Trump’s Vietnam war comments. At a rally, Trump even read out loud the South Carolina lawmaker’s phone number.
The president condemned former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly for inquiring him about his views on women during a Republican primary debate. Trump called Kelly “biased,” crazy, and “a bimbo” after the interview.
Trump’s Opinion on Starbucks, the Pope
In November 2015, Trump called for a Starbucks boycott after the coffee chain removed the traditional symbols from its Christmas-themed cups. One month later, he called for a complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S. in response to terrorist attacks.
Last year, he labeled Pope Francis’ move to question his faith ‘disgraceful’. The Pope had said that a real Christian is more focused on building bridges than walls, unlike Trump.