Charlottesville, Virginia attracted a hefty amount of attention this week for unfortunate events. Neo-Nazi’s and extreme right-wing white supremacists gathered in the city to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a prominent Confederate leader during the Civil War. But the actions of these non-peaceful protestors led to physical assault on countless counter-protesters by the Nazi group and shockingly left one heroic anti-Nazi activist dead. Make no mistake about the collection of extreme right wingers that gathered over the weekend: these people were domestic radical terrorists.
President Donald Trump offered an embarrassment of a statement saying, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides.” Trump’s lukewarm, wishy-washy, putrid response to violent white radicals raises more questions than it answers. After all these were the type of voters the President courted throughout his campaign. David Duke, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, said in an interview in Charlottesville, “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.” Donald Trump doesn’t just refuse to condemn the violence; in fact, its likely that he supports it.
But the protests were not without loss of life. Heather Heyer, a heroic social justice activist, was murdered by Alex Fields Jr when he smashed his vehicle through a group of anti-Nazi protestors while injuring 19 more. Heyer’s tragic last words on her Facebook account were, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” Lets call Alex Fields Jr exactly what he is: a radical right-wing terrorist.
Prominent social justice activist Shaun King took to twitter in a mission to identify numerous violent nazi’s with pictures submitted by followers and a plea to help put names to the faces of these cowards. With help of the community a handful of these bigots were ID’d including: Michael Tubbs, Daniel Borden, Ryan Martin, Jason Dix, and of course Alex Fields. Any employer who still offers any of the men employment or any school who still lends them admittance should be considered complicit in their violent actions.
Let’s be clear: every one of the men who participated in this weekend’s Nazi protest were all empowered and emboldened by President Donald Trump. His refusal to disavow their bigotry makes it obvious. Which now begs the question, is President Trump going to finally mention the words radical right-wing terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!