The alt-right, KKK neo-Nazis and other groups perpetrate violence and terror on U.S. citizens.

Right wing extremists representing a multitude of U. S. white nationalist organizations descended on the quiet college town of Charlottesville, Virginia over last weekend sparking extensive violence that sadly resulted in 3 deaths and many more injuries. That rally was advertised as “Unite the Right” and promoters used the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the city as a focal point of attention.

It began Friday night, August 11, with a highly provocative torchlight parade through the University of Virginia campus, a scene startlingly reminiscent of similar events in the pre-World War II era Nazi Germany and KKK rallies:

The Parade (CBS News 0:41)

On Saturday, August 12, helmeted white nationalists carrying shields and even firearms, attacked counter-protesters with clubs, racial insults, chemical sprays and even a car that killed one person.

The violence (CBS News, 4:11)

 

 

And while Virginia’s governor and the Charlottesville mayor appealed for calm and tried to restore order, President Trump issued a tardy and lukewarm condemnation of the violence, misplacing blame on both the white nationalists and the counter-protesters equally.

Trump’s Response (BBC News 0:53)

During the violence, David Duke, a white nationalist leader, and known for his former association with the KKK, issued statements that stoked the fires of racial hatred and controversy even further. Saying that he and his fellow protesters were simply heeding President Trump goal of “taking back the country,” he also reminded Trump that the alt-right movement put him in power.

David Duke (CNN 0:54)

Calls then erupted for President Trump to place the responsibility for this violence solely on white nationalists where it belongs, as well as removing any alt-right leaning people in his administration. Those calls have gone unheeded at the writing of this article.

Criticisms of the president’s tepid response to this crisis came not only from Democrats and the Trump Resistance, but also from influential members of his own party.

The key remaining question is, will further violent clashes continue to inflame the United States without the President doing his level best to defuse this situation by, at the very least, taking the reasonable actions suggested to him.

For further details on this story, see the articles and videos listed below:

After Charlottesville Rally Ends in Violence, Alt-Right Vows to Return (Rolling Stone.com)

Charlottesville Rally Turns Deadly: One Killed After Car Strikes Crowd (NBC News.com)

Man Charged After White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Ends in Deadly Violence (NYT.com)

Trump faces backlash for refusing to call out hate groups for Charlottesville violence  (ABC News)

Virginia governor on white nationalists: They should leave America  (CNN.com)

White nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia sparks violent clashes, turns deadly (ABC News.com)

 

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The street fight that erupted in DC and ignored by Trump. Is this what’s in store for America?

It happened on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, a short time after President Donald Trump officially greeted strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House – a warm greeting despite Erdogan’s recent suppression of his own people. The Turkish president has just arrived back at his ambassador’s DC home when a mass brawl broke out between Erdogan’s people and those who were protesting him outside of the residence.

In fact, as clearly shown in video clips, Erdogan even watched the event unfold when members of his security force, along with several armed supporters, charged through a DC police line and violently attacked peaceful protesters. The scuffle was brief, but authorities had to struggle to regain order. In the end, 11 people were injured, 9 of which went to the hospital. Among the injured was one police officer and 2 Secret Service agents.

According to Metro Police Chief Peter Newsham, the incident “appeared to be a brutal attack.”

His officers arrested two of Erdogan’s security people but they were released soon after.

A State Department official called the violent event an attack on free speech and said,
“We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest terms possible.”

Arizona Republican Senator, John McCain condemned the attack and demanded that the Turkish ambassador be asked to leave the country.

So far, however, there has been no condemnation of what occurred, not only on American soil but in Washington DC itself, by the White House. And this is the second time on an Erdogan U.S. visit that his bodyguards have used violence against peaceful protesters.

Erdogan & Trump

Perhaps the lack of response by Trump and staff shouldn’t be surprising given the President’s well-known admiration for autocratic leaders while ignoring their anti-democratic actions.

But one of the protesters in the most recent violent Erdogan DC event, an American citizen, had no such reluctance. After being thrown to the ground, kicked repeatedly, bloodied and losing a tooth in that conflict, he said, “This is not acceptable. This is America! This is not Turkey.”

Sources for further information

Videos + articles

A violent brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C. (ABC News 1:54)

Demonstration at Turkish Embassy in DC Turns Violent (VOA News 1:34)

Erdogan Security Forces Launch ‘Brutal Attack’ on Washington Protesters, Officials Say (NY Times 1:55)

MASS BRAWL IN WASHINGTON AS ERDOGAN SECURITY TEAM CONFRONTS PROTESTERS AFTER TRUMP MEETING (Newsweek.com 1:16)

New footage shows Erdogan watching Washington brawl (CNN.com 55 sec.)

 

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