Trump’s Comments on Charlottesville Draw Widespread Condemnation
Trump has changed sides 3 times — the first time he blamed “many sides” for the violence, in the second stance, he specifically named hate-groups by name — including the KKK and the Neo-Nazis, in the third stance — he has went back to his first statement while keeping elements of his first statement Poll: Majority Believes Trump’s Response To Charlottesville Hasn’t Been Strong Enough The response to the crisis has been felt by leaders of Europe and elsewhere. This has caused many world leaders to criticize his statements and even in some cases, condemn them.
In Europe, different countries have dealt with particularly hateful ideologies such as Nazism. To them, they were appalled by Trump’s statements and that drawing a parallel between the protesters and the Germany, which has been struggling with Neo-Nazi elements recognized that Trump initially failed to respond to the Neo-Nazis by Name and then he finally named them, then drew parallels to between both sides. German Minister Heiko Maas tweeted “Trump’s downplayed reaction on Charlottesville is obnoxious,” “It was anti-Semitism and racism, there is nothing to make relative.”
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has taken an even stronger stance. “I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them” saying “I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them.” Theresa May criticizes Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville protest. The Israeli Foreign Prime Minister said there was only one side and dismissed Nazism which is a pivotal area in its history (look up the quote for this).
As far as American leaders are concerned — leaders from both political sides of the isle have condemned the attacks. On August 12th, Marco Rubio stated on twitter, that “Nothing patriotic about #Nazis,the #KKK or #WhiteSupremacists It’s the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be. #Charlotesville” and former Vice President Joe Biden on Twitter stated “There is only one side. Charlotesville.” Trump’s remarks on Charlottesville draw strong reactions across political spectrum . While Trump has stated that he thinks that there are two sides, even people who serve under him have disavowed his remarks. The Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Joe Dunford commented that “I can absolutely and unambiguously tell you there is no place — no place — for racism and bigotry in the U.S. military or in the United States as a whole,”
A majority of American’s don’t feel that Trump’s response to Charlotesville was strong enough. NPR poll Poll: Majority Believes Trump’s Response To Charlottesville Hasn’t Been Strong Enough among Republicans, the approval of Trump’s actions was 59%, with Democrats it was 10% and with Independents it was 30%. 79% of Democrats didn’t think it was strong enough, 19% of Republicans thought it was, and 52% of Independents didn’t think it was strong enough. Most Americans also thought that race-relations were worse than it was in the past — at 52% versus 33% which thought it was about the same, just 9% thought race-relations were better and the silver-lining in these polls was that 62% of Americans thought that Confederate Statues should remain as a symbol, and just 27% thought that they should be removed.
More recently, as of Friday, August, 18th, 2017 Steve Bannon’s tenure in the wake of the Charlottesville crisis is over now too Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run. This could be one of the many changes that Trump makes following the events that took place. It will be interesting to see what happens.