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Published on: August 16, 2017
Terror in Charlottesville
Charlottesville, Trump, and Our Bitter Politics

President Trump bears a large share of the blame for the rising tide of bitterness in our nation’s public discourse since this past weekend’s tragedy in Charlottesville.

David Blankenhorn is president of Better Angels, a new grassroots group dedicated to reducing political polarization. The views expressed here are his own, not those of Better Angels. Follow him on Twitter @Blankenhorn3.
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  • LloydDaub

    But here’s the heart of the matter, for me. The great majority of Americans on both sides of the political aisle recognize that left-wing violence exists. It’s paid for by leftist groups that raise funds for riots, and it’s serious. But people like David Blankenhorn have other axes to grind, which divide us.

    • Gary Hemminger

      People need to cool down. And I agree with you. David hates Trump and anything Trump thinks or does is simply proof that he is a Nazi to people like David. I saw the same thing with Reagan. the left (including me at the time) hated Reagan. He was lampooned and called a warmonger.

      • TMac

        But it’s so f*ing dishonest, to wield the “nazi” label without also calling out the unpermitted Stasi-wannabe interlopers who brought deadly weapons to their “counterprotest,” and then used them not in self-defense.

        • Gerald Smith

          And let us not forget until there is an investigation and trial the death of Heather Heyer shouldn’t be called a murder. It presumably is, but until all the facts come out it should be considered a terrible accident.

          • TMac

            No, it is NOT presumably murder. That’s a legal determination that happens after a trial. And from what little we have seen in video, the presumption of guilt is far from justified.

    • FriendlyGoat

      Oh, dang. Just hovering over to see the list of likers here, I accidentally put a like on this useless counter-post. But, good to see new names here, I guess. Meanwhile, in our introspection, we can pretend to ignore the tendency of the rest of the world to see an equation going like this: Americans are Mean = Donald Trump Can Get Elected = Americans are Stupid Now = The Racists Own America = Better look to China for World Leadership

      • Isaiah6020

        Yup, India has been really looking towards China for world leadership. NAILED IT!!!!!

      • Boritz

        It was interesting to listen to a recent government press conference from Germany. A reporter asked what Germany should be doing about the N.Koran/USA tensions. The government spokesperson said that their embassy in Pyongyang was working on it. Who knew? And things did quiet down.

        • FriendlyGoat

          If it’s true, as reported in Chinese newspaper, that China will not help Kim if he initiates hostilities, and will help Kim if USA does, then that is why things are quieting down. I don’t know about Germany.

  • Joe Eagar

    When David starts writing impassioned pieces attacking prejudice against groups that aren’t socially and politically popular, I will take home seriously. Who am I kidding, it’s too late for that.

  • Matt_Thullen

    If you want to decry racism, then you can start with the professors and administrators at U.S. colleges and universities, which have been busy propagating the idea that your racial (and/or ethnic and sexual) identity is more or less the most important attribute you will have in life. You can then move on to corporate America, which in the guise of “Diversity” more or less teaches the same thing. They both will be happy to tell you that if you are not a member of an “oppressed” group–i.e., if you are white, male and hetrosexual–you are responsible for many of the evils in society, and you must acknowledge your privilege and thereafter accept a diminished role in society.

    The racist idiots on the right are simply a mirror image of the racist idiots on the left. To the extent the right-wing racists are growing is due to the increased racialization of society that the left-wing racists have been aggressively promoting in the past few years. If a person has never discriminated against someone because of their skin color, they are not going to be happy to be told that they bear some type of collective guilt for the acts of people who simply have the same skin color as they do.

    It’s time to go back to being a color-blind society, where people are judged based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

  • G Joubert

    So you want to lay this on the right, eh? You should be ashamed.

  • Tex Taylor

    Remember, this is all under the banner of “reducing polarization” from the euphemistically called “Better Angels.” The entire premise of the article is based on a lie. I loathe these tacit pot stirrers more than I do the anarchists themselves.

    I say the entire story is premised on a lie with one example. These Neo Nazi groups were marginalized years ago by virtually every segment of the population. But the #BlackLivesMatter crowd has a seat at Obama’s table, and in fact by bloc vote marches lock step like lemmings to cast their vote for one and only one respective party. They are without any real debate necessary, the mirror image of the hapless white separatist crowd and have virtually the complete support of America’s corrupt media.

    I wonder if David Blankenhorn will apologize when the Left starts war? More likely, he’ll be hiding behind the backs of better men.

  • RaymondJelli

    All this stands in comparison to Islamic terror attacks in which we are told to light candles, bring teddy bears, hold hands, #hashtagcare and forget. We’ve been taught a secular way of mourning that is oddly missing here. Well I’m with those who see this as an avoidable event that we can move on from. The Left taught me that. Let them start the healing process and move on or else the Neo-Nazis win.

    • Angel Martin

      How come when there is a moslem terrorist attack it is “nothing to do with Islam”, but what happened in Charlottesville is all about the “hateful” ideology of the alt-right ?

      • RaymondJelli

        Because the media says so?

  • KillGoogleandFacebook

    This is odd.

    Conventional wisdom is more upset with Charlottesville than what happened to Steve Scalise. Did anyone stop meeting with Democrats after the Scalise shooting? Corporate bigwigs? Titans of athletics? NGOs? Nope it was business as usual including elected Rs trading insults and deals with their D counterparts. Murder is ok but nuanced reasoning from the President of the United States is a sign of extremism.

    It’s like there’s a double standard or something.

    • S H

      BLM supporters have a body count too. Antifa has been beating people up in other cities who are just republicans. Crickets.

      • Gerald Smith

        That’s one of the reasons the folks in Charlottesville showed up armed -because in jurisdictions controlled by the Democrat Fascists Antifa and BLM have been given carte blanche to assault gatherings of Republicans and others who might possibly disagree with the leftie trash.

  • Dave Hunter

    Seeing as how I had nothing to do with what happened at Charlottesville I firmly and positively reject Mr. Blankhorn’s premise that we should all feel distress, embarrassment, regret, shame, and remorse. I feel none of those. I do feel anger, in ways that are hard to express, at the gall of the media, the Democrat party and certain Republicans who want to hang this event around the neck of the president and slander him as a supporter or dog whistler to them. Nor do I accept that his denunciation of the event’s initial participants as either forced or late. Trump denounced the alt-right, racists, David Duke, white supremacists and the rest of these imbeciles on numerous occasions both publicly and directly to the press in interviews. Why does he need to keep repeating himself? Because the press and Democrats need to reinforce to their base that he is a racist when he is most decidedly not.

    Further, the whitewashing of the actions of the Antifa/hard leftist counter demonstrators is a travesty, and the inaction and failure of the police to keep the two groups apart is incomprehensible.

    So you can shove your opinions Mr. Blankhorn. I’ll keep mine, I like them better. You’re just another leftist “journalist” jerkwad.

  • Real_American78

    Trump told the truth about Charlottesville – i.e., there were white supremacist/kkk/nazis, etc and left-wing terrorists (antifa and BLM thugs.) He said they were all bad and evil, which is true. He also said there fine people not in these groups just trying to say their piece. Unfortunately, he did not name the leftist/commie terrorists by name. Maybe that’s good, I don’t know. These groups explicitly exist only to commit political violence against property and people. They advocate murdering police. Some of their believers have done so.

    These two rival gangs (“sides”) showed up looking for a fight and got it because they knew, correctly, that the police would not intervene. A melee/riot ensued and people were injured, including innocent bystanders. These facts have been confirmed by multiple news sources and the police. It isn’t some nutjob conspiracy theory. Is it too much to ask media and pundits and commentators to simply say it out loud? It doesn’t make you a bad person or Nazi sympathizer or Nazi to say this truth out loud or explain it to people. Instead, everyone wants to pile on Trump for telling the truth about this. So many liars take his words, LITERALLY condemning these nazi thugs and claim he means the exact opposite. In their efforts to virtue signal they implicitly exonerate or lionize the antifa and BLM terrorists that have responsibility for their actions. Why? What for? To pile on Trump? This is vile. Why protect these leftist terrorists? WTF is wrong with people?

  • S H

    Most liberal protests are organized by far left groups like ANSWER. They almost all have socialist / communists present. The media don’t report it and liberals do not leave the protests because of it. Liberals stick their heads in the sand and act like it is no big thing (socialism is the post office or something) but its not true (socialists murdered 100 million people…). They play the same games with BLM and antifa (BLM has a nice organizational statement and just a civils rights group and antifa has such as nice name…). Articles like this won’t help. Your only calling out one side really. There is hate on the left… the left and MSM just refuse to admit or report it.

    • Martin Jennerson

      From what I’ve read/observed, the vast majority of the left in the USA are *SOCIALISTS* rather than ‘liberals’. They place social-solidarity above truth to a ridiculous degree, and they happily restrict individual rights in the name of greater solidarity. “Liberal” is a complete misnomer, they should be called socialists (i.e. people who place a premium on social solidarity).

      • D4x

        adding, those who still use the term Demoratic Party need to change it to the KnowItAll (or die) Party.

  • Martin Jennerson

    This article is another stupid uber-moralistic yawn-fest (pathetic), but:

    “The great majority of Americans on both sides of the political aisle recognize that, in this land we all love and want to make better, racism exists. It’s deep and it’s serious. It dishonors us, and we need to do everything we can to erase it and put it behind us.”

    You cannot erase “racism” (as it is commonly defined). Ethnic self-interest is an extension of individual self-interest and both are natural and in our nature – and in the nature of every single living thing (self-interest).

    We in the West must do everything we can to put stupid moralistic projects designed at eliminating self-interest behind us. Communism was a murderous failure. So the author is exactly wrong.

  • B.J.D

    Sorry but I am not interested in playing into a manufacturered narrative. The political left and their allies in the media have been categorizing anyone to the right of center and fascism for 70 years and for Trump to call out the counter protesters as just as bad as the protesters was the right thing to do. Not political smart but correct. I for one won’t be lectured by a group of people who on the one hand go into a moral panic over a right wing group with a few hundr d members nationally and on the other hand make a former Nation of Islam member (kieth Ellison) into a station symbol of tolerance and unity. F them.

  • Laurel Lowrey

    I expected to find the comments full of ‘Yeah, everything was just fine until those Nazi’s came along” and instead I find…first 10 comments all rightly taking Blankenhorn to task; the latest protests didn’t happen in a vacuum. All my life, ALL my life, violence has been the purview of the Left. The 60’s wasn’t THAT long ago: the Boomers who lived it – Bill Ayers, Bill Clinton, Angela Davis – are still in public life and have had the decades since to grow a new, even more violent Left. WTO protests? BLM? Antifa? World Workers’ Party? The constant drumbeat of ‘white privilege’, ‘patriarchy’, ‘racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia’ has reached levels of absurdity, but it’s the Left, so their positions are granted legitimacy by, yes, even the GOPe. Enough. I too, feel “anger, in ways that are hard to express”. And I’m done taking advice from people who only, ever, shoot right.

  • TempoNick

    We’re simply sick of you cucks. You trip all over yourselves to virtue signal and prove to the left how “colorblind” you are. What instead you need to be doing is proving to the right that you are intellectually honest and willing to fight for the cause of conservatism. Conservatism is tough, that’s why it requires fight. Without fight, nothing gets conserved and that’s where we are today.

    “Far-right hate groups” is far-left propaganda.

    THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH AND NOTHING RACIST ABOUT PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO BE DEMOGRAPHICALLY REPLACED BY NON-WHITES. NOTHING, ZERO, NADA. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS BEING DONE AGAINST THE MAJORITY WILL.

    STOP CAPITULATING THE LEFT WHEN THEY TRY TO HIJACK THE DEFINITION OF WORDS AND CONCEPTS!!!

  • Anthony

    “…Racism exists. It’s deep and it’s serious. It dishonors us, and we need to do everything we can to erase it and put it behind us.” That is a noble thought David Blankenhorn. But first we must ask “Qui bono, Cui prodest! Then perhaps an honest answer may begin to frame the quest we’ve sidestepped for approximately 400 years now (we even fought a Civil War initiated by Racism).

    Upon cursory examination, “none of this makes sense. Unless, that is we come to grips with the reality that we are seeing the effects of far too many Americans strung out on the most pervasive, devastating, reality-warping drug to ever hit the United States: white supremacy. America is hooked on the drug of white supremacy. We’re paying for that today.”

    Finally underscoring essay’s premise is this: “and the polarization of our society, much of it stoked by our market share obsessed media – the rancor, the bitterness, the frantic hyperbole, the relentless either/or framing of issues, our fear of and anger at each other appears only to have….” (David Blankenhorn)

  • Matt Dermott Tucker

    Without any mention of Gov. McAuliffe, the mayor of Charlottesville, the people in charge at the police force NOT making sure that the LEGALLY PERMITTED protesters were properly protected (regardless of their opinions on things), or the history of Antifa in the past two years alone from the Presidential campaign through rioting to stop Milo and Ann Coulter’s speeches, to the DC riots after the inauguration to now, it’s a swing and a miss of a thought exercise.

  • Terenc Blakely

    Going as planned. The left has been ginning up a race war for decades. Their tactic of marginalizing white males for decades is now bearing bitter fruit.

  • David

    I agree that racism has no part in America. Let’s stamp it out, beginning with the closing down of some place I read about called Stanford. I heard they teach a class on killing white people. Talk about racism! Stanford has to go! And we need a list of everyone associated with that filthy place so we can make sure they never get a job in America again.

  • David

    After tearing down Stanford and hounding everyone associated with that racist place out of a job, then we should tear down the Jefferson Monument. That monument was built by hard left racist Democrat FDR at the height of the Depression to idolize the hard left, black hating, slave owning, racist Democrat Jefferson. Tear it down!

  • Vindicated

    Does this Blankenhorn jackass really not understand that Antifa ARE violent Fascists? This is unbelievable.

  • obocaj

    David Blankenhorn is obviously blind to his own hypocrisy.

  • temmy9 .

    Charlottesville would never have gained power if the republican leadership had actually lead. They have done nothing to protect conservatives on campus. They have done nothing about the growing physical violence being committed by the left against those of us on the right. They have not taken action against the antifas, against the disemployment, against the no platforming. They have done nothing against the growing anti white and misandrist bile being spewed in our media and schools. They have done nothing against the threats to speech and expression. They. Have. Done. NOTHING.

    They wont lead. They wont follow. They wont get out of the way. And then Conservatism inc. wonders why, after being attacked, beaten with sticks in the street, doxxed, harassed and disemployed the white conservative base is beginning to pick up a cudgel and follow the pied piper of extremism.

  • alanstorm

    “…in this land we all love and want to make better, racism exists. It’s deep and it’s serious.”

    Only on the left, wherein reside the people who use every excuse to pick at that scab – and then decry the fact that it’s not healed yet.

  • TheFop

    Imagine if the guy who murdered 50 people at a Gay club in Orlando was a Right wing Trump supporter? The media would be repeating his name over and over again, every single day until the 2020 election. There would be Gay rights protests on a weekly basis, where participants would be holding up signs saying that Trump and the murderer were one in the same.

    But because the murderer was a Muslim terrorist, the media couldn’t bury the story quick enough. On the one year anniversary of the massacre, the media refused to mention that it was an act of terrorism. And most people don’t even remember the guy’s name.

    Imagine if a Right wing Trump supporter went to a Congressional baseball game, and because he had better aim than James Hodgkinson, shot several Democrat Congressman? The media, Left wing protesters, and Dem politicians would engage in an endless orgy of condemnation of Trump and Republicans, and an endless orgy of sympathy towards the victims.

    But because Hodgkinson was a Left wing Bernie supporter, who shot a Republican Congressman, the media couldn’t bury the story quick enough.

    Frankly, I think it’s good that the Liberal elites think that all the voters in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, who swung the election in Trumps favor, are a bunch of no nothings. And that THIS TIME, these no nothings will listen to the Wiley Coyote media. Because THIS TIME, there’s no possible way they could STILL support Trump. They really have no clue, do they?

    As Glen Reynolds says…..”when everyone is a Nazi (including 58 million people who voted for Trump), no one is a Nazi”.

    • MarkM

      I’m actually delighted no one remembers that idiot’s name. I also hope that the Orlando shooter quietly gets the needle as he deserves … though my preference would be a bullet rubbed in pig’s blood with the remainder of the pig buried with him.

  • MikeR

    “and which the current leader of the American conservative movement, who is also the President of the United States, seems fundamentally willing to tolerate and perhaps even welcome back into the fold.” Pure imagination. He has condemned them three times since the rally, including right away. The only thing he has refused to do – three times – is condemn them specifically. He has made his position clear: neo-Nazis and leftist fascists are equally repugnant thugs.
    Anyone who is flipping out is doing it because they don’t really believe that.

    • MarkM

      Additional minor quibble – I’m not sure I’d characterize Trump as the current leader of the American conservative movement. He is the current leader of the Republican party and our country. To be clear, he also has my support in both of those roles. That does not make him the default leader of the American conservative movement.

  • OK, OK, you’re one of the “Cool Kids” that hate Trump, we get it.
    Antifa has been committing crimes, and CTRL+F tells me you don’t care enough to mention them.

  • MNHoot

    “The rally in Charlottesville was planned and carried out by openly racist groups in pursuit of openly racist objectives. These facts should and do cause the great majority of Americans to feel distress, embarrassment, regret, shame, remorse, anger, and a renewed determination to do all that we can to minimize this terrible thing that crawled out of the fever swamps this past weekend to highjack our attention.”

    What hysterical nonsense. I refuse to give the white supremacists and neo-Nazis that kind of power over me and the rest of America shouldn’t either.

  • Angel Martin

    I guess this means that Trump/Russia is not panning out, and Trump/NKorea/warmonger is a bust … so it is on to Trump/alt-right/racist…

  • bittman

    Trump was more honest than the media. At least, Trump realized that both sides were HATE GROUPS that had done evil things.

    The media and people like this author want Americans to totally ignore that the Antifa, BLM, Communists came to the rally with masks, helmets, cans with cement, baseball bats. They were as violent as the NeoNazis. I read one story that the Antifa may have hit the young killer’s car with clubs before he speeded up and ran over people. When the media protects one group by ignoring all the violent things that group did, the group the media has decided to blame or target feels like they are victims of discrimination. This will only create more HATE GROUPS in the future.

  • buddhaha

    Blankenthorn blithely claims that “racism exists”. It sure does. I don’t know whether it started out that way, or morphed into it, but “Black Lives Matter” is really “ONLY black lives matter”. Blankenthorn chooses to ignore that and all its implications and instead claims moral superiority because of the 0.01% of the white population that says that no black lives matter.

    This article is more leftist cant hidden behind a feel-good (no doubt trademarked) “Better Angels” moniker. Sorry, I’m not swallowing this crap, and I refuse to feel guilty about a bunch of assholes with Swastikas nor will I blame Trump for not ignoring the leftist assholes and blaming only the right.

  • Luke

    Alternately, he believes that racism is at about the lowest ebb it has ever been over the entire sweep of history.
    Which just so happens to be true.

    I have a multiracial family. I’ve been in an excellent position to gauge the level of racial prejudice in our society, and it has been minimal. Further, what little of it I’ve seen has almost entirely come from racial minority figures.
    In a contest of “who do you believe? Me? Or your lying eyes?” you’re going to lose. Every. Single. Time.

    That in a country of 333,000,000 persons roughly one hundred cranks got together to celebrate their pallor does not concern me.
    That actual Nazis and actual Communists were fighting in the streets does concern me. (And yes, they’re both equally evil.)
    That the powers that be evidently wanted this to happen concerns me a great deal.
    That most of our political and media are declaring actual Communists to be laudable is downright horrifying.

    A decade ago, it bothered me to be declared RAAAAACIST for holding that citizens should be judged as individuals.
    Now, I no longer care.
    Your race card is maxed out. Find a new scam.

  • Elmer Jones

    So the point of this essay is that you are not a racist? Very commendable, thanks for bringing that to our attention.

  • Nigel Hickman

    Today, I was told to ‘f@$k Off, you Nazi racist scum’ – because I dared to paraphrase Voltaire, whilst lightly mocking Antifa opposition to free speech.

    ‘peace in our times’ Neville Chamberlain, 30 September 1938

    “If you’re not with me, then you’re my enemy.” Darth Vader 1977

    ‘…either be with us, or against us…’ Hillary Clinton 2001

    “O con noi o contro di noi” – ‘You’re either with us or against us.’ Benito Mussolini

    • MarkM

      I assume you paraphrased the most common “Voltaire” quote that was actually penned by Evelyn Beatrice Hall? (“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”)

  • D4x

    “Let’s review the basic story to date.” First, consider that the basic story is that:
    Monuments from both sides of America’s Civil War enabled both sides to heal, to re-unite the Union, in a UNITED States of America.

    President William McKinley sought national healing, a gesture of reconciliation,
    and a symbol of national unification with his speech at the Atlanta Peace Jubilee on December 14, 1898,
    to remind us that a UNITED States of America “will never lack defenders”,
    that our “differences were long ago settled”.

    Full text: President William McKinley December 14, 1898

    “Sectional feeling no longer holds back the love we bear each other.

    The Union is once more the common atlas of our • love, our devotion and sacrifice.

    The old flag again waves over us in peace, I with new glories, which your sons and ours this year have added to its folds.

    What cause we have for rejoicing, saddened only by the fact that so many of our brave men fell on the field
    or sickened and died from the hardship and exposure, and others, returning, bring wounds and disease.

    The memory of the dead will be a precious legacy, and the disabled the nation’s care,

    A nation which cares for its disabled soldiers as we have always done will in never lack defenders.

    The national cemeteries for those who fell in battle are proof that the dead as well as the living have our love.

    What an army of silent sentinels, and with what loving care their graves are kept.
    Every soldier’s grave made during our unfortunate civil war is a tribute to American valor,
    and while, when these graves were made, we differed widely about the future of this Government,
    these differences were long ago settled by the arbitrament of- arms,
    and the time has now come in the evolution of sentiment and feeling under the providence of God when,
    in the spirit of fraternity, we should share with you in the care of the graves of the Confederate soldiers.

    • The cordial feeling now happily existing between the North and South prompts this gracious act,
    and if it needed further justification it is found in the gallantry to the Union and the flag so conspicuously shown in
    the year just passed by the sons and grandsons of these heroic dead.

    What a glorious future awaits us if, unitedly, wisely and bravely, we face these new problems facing us.”

    [Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 96, Number 116, 15 December 1898 — Page 1 VOLTTME 96.—N0. 116.]

    “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell

    I can not believe David Blankenhorn’s NewSpeak gets more echo than all of real American history.
    Even more disheartening that The American Interest is still BITTERLY CLINGING to their postmodern delusions,
    amplified since Mr. Mead’s disappearance.

    Really interesting to read a comment thread with an all new LumpenCommentariat.

  • ThomasD

    You want to end racism? Fine. Start by calling out anyone who wants people treated differently based upon the color of their skin.

  • Fat_Man

    Blame Obama, who was elected on the promise and premise to unify the country, but who stoked racial resentment and division instead,

    8 years of Obama took the US back to the 1960s of race riots and assassinations. The revival of the KKK is just the bitter friuit of the poisonous seeds that Obama planted.

    I am not letting Trump off the hook. He has underperformed my very low expectations. He won’t be the one who digs us out of this mess, but he did not cause it.

  • brock2118

    Even if it was disagreeable abhorrent racism the Constitution gives you a first amendment right to demonstrate, like the Nazis in Skokie. But once the violence starts they and everyone they are fighting with needs to be locked up.

  • Dantes

    This was set up. Astroturf Neo nazis and astroturf antifa. Really, they can all go to hell. Trump did nothing wrong.

  • mrdoug1

    I agree Trump has, as usual, fallen short of what was called for under these circumstances. He’s a terrible messenger & it’s hard to know what’s behind it. That being said, I think the author is totally missing a big point : the Left sees this as another golden opportunity to create enough social & political havoc to finally force him out. They’re going to play this as long and hard as they can to, they hope, finally strip him of nearly all support. They’re to a significant extent being opportunistic. I have little doubt that had he said things differently, better, they’d still be doing exactly what they’re doing, trying to put him & his supporters on the defensive again. For the author to miss, or ignore, this is surprising & disappointing.

  • Curious Mayhem

    I can’t find one favorable comment here. A sign of something gone wrong at TAI. The stench of left-liberal Boomer sanctimony fills my nostrils. The racism card is done. The left must find a new scam, as someone else wrote.

    I wonder why I subscribe. There’s good stuff here. But I expected a site that isn’t part of the media echo chamber.

  • elHombre

    This dunce leads a group “dedicated to reducing political polarization.” Seriously?

    Somebody needs to explain to him the difference between evil thoughts and evil deeds. See, David, the First Amendment guarantees these folks who horrify you with their thoughts and expressions the civil right to hold and express those thoughts and expressions. Denial of that right is not only anti-Constitutional and a federal felony, it is antithetical to the bedrock of liberty on which our Republic stands.

    It’s not that complicated, David. Thoughts are permitted, violence is not. Every political demonstration attended by your simpaticos of the left, Antifa, BLM, etc., ends in violence.

    Trump has nothing to do with it. Apologists like you do.

  • jsdozcn9

    “In that light consider: The rally in Charlottesville was planned and carried out by openly racist groups in pursuit of openly racist objectives.”

    A big part of this problem is smearing people with false accusations. They were there to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Many people there were not part of the hate groups.

    Personally, I am much more concerned with attempts to squelch free speech by smearing conservatives than I am about the Nazis.

    The Nazis are not a real threat. The real threat is from liberals who want to make the US as dangerous as France through immigration policies that let Muslim extremist terrorists into the country because they will vote for democrats.

    Read the memo that got Rich Higgen’s kicked off the NSC. It explains there is an international conflict (a war) being fought on US soil at the political level. Political correstness is a major component of the enemy’s strategy. (This Nazi hysteria is being used to destroy the cohesion of our society.) President Trump seems to be the only political figure who wants to defend the USA. His brash speaking style is the best defensive weapon we have against the political correctness thought police. .
    https://www.scribd.com/document/356073046/Political-Warfare-NSC-memo

  • TheDiscussion

    The Left has been crying wolf for decades on many issues, chiefly racism. When I see on TV, or hear on the radio, or read in a publication something along the lines of, “Republicans/racist/bad…Democrat/”social justice”/good,” I just instinctively ignore it these days.

    And, for good reason. Saturday, Trump excoriated all involved in the Charlottesville mess, as was the correct thing to do. Yet, the media, again, simply lied about what he said. They didn’t “twist” or “give spin”…they simply lied openly about what he said.

    Look, Trump is not going to choose sides between the two horrible extremes which comprise the far left and far right. But, the media does choose, and so they criticize Trump for refusing to choose.

    And, they think Trump has lost his mind? It’s a joke. I literally cannot take any news source seriously anymore; and, it’s their own fault. The more they try to get people to hate Trump, the more the actually fail to do so. It’s the most pathetic thing to watch.

  • cordycord

    Nazis = national socialists, Antifa = communist anarchists, BLM = socialists (read their manifesto), KKK = the old violent wing of the Democrat party. There, cleared it up for you.

  • jsdozcn9

    There are always going to be some people who are angry and violent. But what really harms our society are public figures in the media and politicians who take one side unfairly. ANTI-free-speech-FAscists get off free but every conservatives is smeared as a racist. This institutional bias has been going on for years and people are sick of it. People know who is slandering them day after day and it isn’t the Nazis.

  • sukietawdry

    These facts should and do cause the great majority of Americans to feel distress, embarrassment, regret, shame, remorse, anger, and a renewed determination to do all that we can to minimize this terrible thing that crawled out of the fever swamps this past weekend to highjack our attention. Almost all of us—liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats—know this and feel this in our bones.

    Speak for yourself. I feel no embarrassment, shame or remorse (although my anger is increasing by the minute). Why should I? Because I’m omigod white? These people–white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis–are pimples on the ass of humanity. Why are so many of you elevating them to such lofty heights? This is the best thing that ever happened to them and you just keep making it better. I refuse to join you in your hysteria.

  • realDEEBEE

    As a brownie living in this country for more than four decades, yes racism exists in varying degrees in people. It also is quite color blind as to whom it afflicts. Our obsession to focus only on the racism of people of pallor is, to me the crux. It leads to all sorts of group think, theories to avoid recognizing racism as an individual weakness.

    Yes Trump won with a goodly support from the forgotten white middle class. It sure can be interpreted by people on the supremacist fringe to mean he is their guy. But to my mind his putative slowness in condemning any of their support is also due to our hair trigger desire for condemnation which he instinctively resists. He gets there, but it seems like not on his own.

  • Deserttrek

    the author shows his contempt for the voters and his poor education regarding history in the United States.
    the ONLY issue is the people who started the violence and why the authorities appear to have let it go on and maybe encouraged it.

    President Trump did nothing wrong, ALL political violence is wrong and that is the ONLY correct statement.

  • EndOfPatience

    Seriously, you criticize the rise of white nationalism, but where is your criticism of Critical Theory, the racist attitudes of BLM, radical Third Wave Feminism with its inherent racism and misandry? Maybe I missed it and you could point me to the article that unequivocally condemns these.

    Because if you aren’t intelligent enough to comprehend how they created white nationlism, why should anyone care what you write on anything?

    Or you could come out of the closet and admit you’re a Leftist and oppose anything Trump and his supporters do or say, because of your hate.

    And that makes you the real problem, here.

  • Jay

    Orwell was really a prophet of this time.

    Orwell, George. “What is Fascism?”. Retrieved 17 February 2017.

    …It is not easy, for instance, to fit Germany and Japan into the same framework, and it is even harder with some of the small states which are describable as Fascist. It is usually assumed, for instance, that Fascism is inherently warlike, that it thrives in an atmosphere of war hysteria and can only solve its economic problems by means of war preparation or foreign conquests. But clearly this is not true of, say, Portugal or the various South American dictatorships. Or again, antisemitism is supposed to be one of the distinguishing marks of Fascism; but some Fascist movements are not antisemitic. Learned controversies, reverberating for years on end in American magazines, have not even been able to determine whether or not Fascism is a form of capitalism. But still, when we apply the term ‘Fascism’ to Germany or Japan or Mussolini’s Italy, we know broadly what we mean. It is in internal politics that this word has lost the last vestige of meaning. For if you examine the press you will find that there is almost no set of people — certainly no political party or organized body of any kind — which has not been denounced as Fascist during the past ten years […] It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley’s broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else.

  • seattleoutcast

    ATF Syndrome. (Always Trump’s Fault.) The past 8 years of Obama had nothing to do with it. That race relations DECLINED under Obama is totally irrelevant. “Very Good”, says Gallup, went from 70% in 2008 to 45% (among whites) and 61% to 51% (among blacks) in 2015. As you can see, it’s all Trump’s fault. Not surprisingly, 2012 was the year democrats decided to move their base to all minorities, thinking that the decreasing white minority was a losing base.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/1687/Race-Relations.aspx

  • tellourstory

    What should disturb us all about Charlottesville was that the violence was allowed to happen. The police were there and could have stopped it, but stood down and did nothing. Time and time again, rally after rally, where Trump supporters were attacked, property vandalized and fires started, police and politicians stood back and allowed it to happen.

    If the law had been enforced equally on both sides long before Charlottesville, then the violence we’re seeing would not have escalated to the point it has. Nothing good will come from turning a blind eye to the violent actions of antifa and its ilk, while trying to force the other side into the shadows. Ideology driven below ground often becomes more radical, not less.

    Yet, our moral superiors seem dead set on making this happen. Nothing good will come from promoting one violent ideology, while criminalizing another. The voices of the dead reaching to us from beyond could teach us these lessons if we were only willing to heed them. Sadly, we are not, believing instead that erasing all traces of anything or anyone deemed politically improper by the standards of the day is the enlightened course.

    No, we have chosen our living human saviors; the organization that trashed and burned Berlin with impunity will save us all from ourselves. Apparently, they are our “better angels.”

  • wld

    This article is horseshit, and Mr Blankenhorn and his Better Angels can just fuck off.

  • Tom Scharf

    1. Assert Trump didn’t mean what he said, and not even quote what he said.

    2. Fill in what you think Trump thinks on this issue without any evidence which directly contradicts what he said.

    The very definition of fake news. Bad journalism deserves little respect.

  • RippedTopShelf

    So we now convict a man of murder from a website before he is tried.

    “Blankenhorn”? Of course.

  • CosmotKat

    The bio: “David Blankenhorn is president of Better Angels, a new grassroots group dedicated to reducing political polarization.”

    And his attempt at reducing political polarization: “President Trump bears a large share of the blame for the rising tide of bitterness in our nation’s public discourse since this past weekend’s tragedy in Charlottesville.”

    I’d say that’s heaping fire on an already out of control narrative that has been propagated for decades by one side, the progressives in the Democratic Party and then you blame Trump. I’d say you’re probably credentialed, but no educated. IIt looks more like you are running a Soviet style “Dezinformatsiya” campaign.

  • Simpatica

    The leftwing group Antifa states that it is committed to “confrontation” and plans on violent action and THEY WERE the counter protesters at Charlottesville. DT is right

  • banely✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

    David Blankenhorn is president of Better Angels, a new grassroots group dedicated to reducing political polarization.

    Then proceeds to write an article that further polarizes politics. The exact opposite. Could you be any less self-aware David?
    #LOGIC #FAIL

  • bobro

    It matters not what Trump says, to the left and the anti-Trumpers, it will always be wrong. Note that what he said was acceptable but how and when was not according to his detractors who are blindly following some moronic vision of society that ends with an ideal socialist paradise like North Korea, Cuba or Venezuela where they are the ruling hierarchy over us lowly peons who need to be re-educated at the very least. I, for one, am tired of be denigrated as racist and sexist because I don’t agree with the Blankenhorns of the world.

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