After being excoriated in the press and by politicians, and having Ken Frazier, the only black member of the President’s Maufacturing Council, resign in protest of his lukewarm response to the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Donald Trump finally came out against the white supremacist movement today. But it was too little, too late.
After a weekend of anger following the murder of Heather Hyer, the deaths of Virginia State Troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, and the injuries sustained by 19 others, Trump finally got the message that maybe he needed to be saying something more than equating both sides of the protest as being the same.
Monday morning, he took to the podium in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House to decry the violence. But only after he touted his great accomplishments.
Once he was finished letting everyone know what a terrific president he is and how great everything is going, he then read a prepared statement from a teleprompter. He reiterated the tweet from this weekend that the DOJ has opened a civil rights investigation into “the deadly car attack that killed one innocent American.” It should be noted that it took a while longer in his remarks to put a name to that innocent victim.
“As I said on Saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America. And, as I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws.”
He kept on saying things that were completely alien to everything he has uttered ever since he stepped onto the national stage. His actions of the past: being the Birther in Chief, calling for people of color to be beaten up and thrown out of his rallies, his deplorable statements about women, his naked racism against people of color and Muslims cannot be erased by an obviously forced response to the events in Charlottesville.
I watched the statement on Twitter; and as he was speaking, a sea of angry face emojis flooded the screen. From beginning to end, there were only 3 heart emojis and about 3 that were laughing.
The announcement that the Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions is opening a civil rights investigation is downright laughable. Anyone with one firing brain cell knows that Sessions is the definition of the word cracker. His record on civil rights, despite what the right wing spin machine would have you believe, is terrible. To think that he will prosecute this case with anything other than a tepid response is to willfully pull the wool over your own eyes.
The real Donald Trump was on display in his tweet this morning after receiving Frazier’s resignation. Angered by the resignation, he couldn’t resist lashing out. Like anyone thinks Trump – the Ripoff In Chief – gives a damn about drug prices.
That guy speaking those too little, too late words? He’s just a made-up orange man who was forced to come out and say things he doesn’t believe. And we all know it.
Note to Trump: Actions speak louder than words.