“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. To anyone who acted criminally at this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered.”
Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” march down East Market Street toward Lee Park during the “Unite the Right” rally on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with protesters, police said the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. Above, rally attendees exchanged insults with counter-protesters as they attempted to guard the entrance to Lee Park. Photo:
A vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against the white nationalist rally. One person was killed and at least nine others were injured. Photo:
The steady stream of blame targeted at the alt-right and the president started hours and hours ago. But columnist John Hawkins makes this case:
I wish I could say that it’s a shock that someone died in Charlottesville, but I’ve been predicting just this sort of thing in radio appearances for months. The liberal media is dying to blame it all on Donald Trump, but it should look in the mirror.
To begin with, the liberal media is almost entirely responsible for growing the Alt-Right merger of hate groups and internet trolls. Most people are well aware of the stifling political correctness that reached an apex under Barack Obama. People are sick and tired of being attacked and scolded by the humorless left-wing thought police every time they stray from the latest liberal doctrine. That created a large group of people who enjoyed tweaking social justice warriors and some of them realized the easiest way to do that was with racial slurs.
Read his entire column here.