The recent speech by Donald Trump, condemning both sides – the left and the right for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia was not received well. The two groups went after each other. One group were the white supremacists and the other, the left, or those who opposed them.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said in the Atlantic,
Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate.
Excerpts of Trump’s speech include,
We condemn in the strongest possible terms, this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America.
The driver of the car is a disgrace to himself, his family and this country.
What about the fact that the [alt-left] came charging with clubs in their hands. Do they have a problem? I think they do.
I’ve condemned Neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were Neo-Nazis. Believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, even a Republican, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) criticized Trump’s speech.
I severely condemn what the president had to say about Charlottesville, because there is no similarity between hate groups and everyone else.
Either Biden and Kasich did not hear Trump’s entire speech or they’re politicking. In America, we do not condone taking the law into our hands with clubs to come after a group of people. If the alt left did that, as the president said, then they too, are guilty of violence.
Yes, that is the similarity and the moral equivalency that Kasich and Biden denied existed. How can one group condemn another for violence when both of them are guilty? There are police who are supposed to handle this.
President Trump, in his speech, has pointed the violence on the left. As wrong and violent Neo-Nazis and white supremacists are, violence against them will also be held into account. Free speech is a right for everyone, even if it is wrong. The left will now be aware that violence is not on the table should another protest occur.