Dismantling the Foundations of Trump’s REAL Speech on Charlottesville.
- “I think there is blame on both sides.”
Amidst the backdrop of a bloody “Unite the Right” rally on August 12th 2017, a Trump-ism more cringeworthy than covfefe emerges. The Alt-left, in Trump’s alternate reality, represents the anti-thesis of right wing extremism. He lays the blame squarely on both “groups” present in Charlottesville, Virginia clashing over the removal of a statue of Confederate icon Robert E. Lee, citing “hatred” and “violence” on “both sides”.
Trump quite purposefully fails to distinguish between the motives of the groups, motives that would lead most people with half a conscience to the idea that one group was “good” and the other “bad.” The Alt-Right is the ensemble of Neo-Nazis, the KKK, and miscellaneous misguided-but-otherwise-good-white-people, apparently. And the Alt-Left are those who oppose them.
Hateful Group supporting distasteful monument VS. Angry Group challenging the manifestation of white supremacy.
And Trump notoriously included himself in one of his pathetic defenses of the Alt-Right. He said, as corroborated by many, “What about the left that came charging at us…excuse me…what about the left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right?”
Strangely enough, this is being covered up by multiple media sources, to the point where even the original video on Youtube may have been tampered with. They are now omitting the “us” from every written transcript of the speech, either by adding ellipses or claiming that the word us was “Indistinct”, such as in Exhibit A below.
Presidential mistake, or blatant admission? Are we being taken for fools?
- “You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists.”
White people, we’re tired. As much as you’re tired of hearing all about the evils of your kind, we’re tired of pointing it out.There has been a major white supremacist rally and the President of the USA claims that “Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch”.
We’re at that point in history where you pick a fucking side ok? It’s simple. Are you racist? No? Then condemn White Supremacist Uprising. White Supremacy ALREADY runs the entire world, as you would have noticed if you paid attention in history class, or lived on Planet Earth.
It’s a slap in the face to the billions and billions of us non-white folks,for the most insecure of your lot to come out and promote an ideology that STILL oppresses us and will oppress us for generations more if we do not strive for change.
You’re a good person. We get it. You feel sad that slavery and colonialism and apartheid and white supremacy happened. Appreciate it. And you don’t judge people by the color of their skin. If you say so.
But let me tell you this.
If you think that the good of slave owners outweighed the bad, you had a Tiki torch and a swastika on August 12th in Virginia. Your silence in the face of injustice, your latent prejudices and your blind loyalty to figureheads and histories rooted in racism, makes you an Alt-Right Ally.
- Trump himself -_-
They say that dictators are usually charismatic leaders, but there has to be glitch in this one. Charisma suggests charm and eloquence, agreeability and seduction. Trump has no charisma, and no class in spite of being “upper-class”. His charisma lies in his abrasiveness. His shocking lack of diplomacy, or even manners, are seductive to his supporters. Trump rose to power by preying off the fears and insecurities of white supremacists. Enamored by how well he reflected their way of thinking, they were tragically seduced by their own stupidity.
Trump does not bother to hide his disdain for reporters or the media in general. He throws shade with each snide remark before, after or in the middle of answering a question. Most of us bite our tongue at annoyances in the name of professionalism. Not the person who holds the highest office in the land. He boasts random, unrelated, unfounded statistics, such as his mid-speech claim of having created over a million jobs.Or the fact that he actually opened his speech on racially motivated murder in Charlottesville by droning on and on about how the economy is stabilizing under his rule.
Need I say more?
- “I hear she was a fine, really actually an incredible young woman.”
Trump eventually raved about what a “fantastic young woman” Heather was.
Although what he said was true, and I myself respect Heather as an Ally, a certain malaise creeped in. He would never speak so highly of any person of color who had died in these circumstances. Don’t take my word for it, go research times Trump spoke ill of black victims of racism or police brutality, or espoused the idea of police allowing “thugs” to hit their heads entering police cars. There is a blatant, disturbing bias.
Therein, ladies and gentlemen, lies the genius of divide and conquer.
The entire premise of white supremacy is to treat one group better, give them more privileges and indoctrinate everyone that they are dominant, while horribly mistreating the other group (s). Normalize it to the point where the dominant group no longer notices the inequality, half of the other group meekly internalizes and accepts their imposed inferiority, and the other half seethes in indignation at the apathy of the privileged.
What happens is some POC (people of color) denounce the mourning of Heather’s death as “White Ally Worship” or collateral damage in the light of the sheer number of black victims.
What happens is the White Allies, White Liberals, whatever whites are passionate about dismantling racism,take a step back and look at their position on the battleground.
They are not Neo-Nazi. They actively detest and actively contest racist ideologies, both within themselves and those around them. They look at Heather Heyer – a woman who attends counter-protests and has a progressive cover photo on FB – and they see themselves. And they marvel at the coldness of black people who are like “Heather got killed…so what?” Is their place in the movement a valued one? They may sink into an existential crisis and withdraw from fighting for the good side.
Exactly what Trump wants.
Criticize White Supremacy only when it affects White Allies = Piss off POC ⇒ POC reject White Allies ⇒White Allies feel hurt and forfeit the battle ⇒ Equality Movement stalled due to less Unity.
- “Before I make a statement, I need the facts…”
Trump claimed he did not respond to the Klan Uprising in a timely manner – namely, two days later – because he was “waiting for the facts.” Both his lack of urgency in denouncing a Klan rally, and his deliberately skewed interpretation of events, are despicable. He didn’t seek out “the facts” behind Colin Kaepernick’s stance against police brutality. Instead, the President of the USA called his peaceful protest “a terrible thing”. Yet he makes excuses for Nazis touting fire torches and pledging allegiance to racism.
“You had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest. I don’t know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit.”
Of course, Trump, the Alt-Right was lawfully permitted to be the antagonists and promoters of hate, but the so-called Alt-Left are not permitted to resist. It’s only historically accurate.
Read the full transcript of Trump’s speech, or watch the video below.
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