So now Donald J Trump who first condemned violence in Charlottesville but said it was violence from “many sides” then, under heavy pressure to name the ones who had clearly provoked the violence from wherever it came called out Nazis, white supremacists, and other true culprits and now, today, reverted to his original position saying it was, in fact, “both sides.”
What to make of this human being? Well, I have my view but I find so often these days other writers express my view better than I can. And in this case, Marc Fisher of the Washington Post has done it. He wrote:
“The president’s rhetorical ricochet — from declining on Saturday to name the bad guys in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville to his muted acknowledgment Monday that neo-Nazis and white supremacists “are criminals and thugs” and then Tuesday to a classic doubling down on his original remarks — seemed almost perfectly designed to highlight some basic truths about Donald Trump: He does not like to be told what to say. He will always find a way to pull the conversation back to himself. And he is preternaturally inclined to dance with the ones who brought him.”
It is that last thought that is the most troubling. That Donald J Trump is so unsure of himself, so insecure that all things must reflect his glory, his supremacy, his victory is well established. But it is Fischer’s observation that Trump is “preternaturally inclined to dance with the ones that brought him” that is not only troublesome but frightening. For in this case he is dancing with the Nazis, the racial bigots, the people who would tear down what our country has stood for in favor of their alt-right supremacy. One is tempted to salute “Zeig Hiel!”
We all, particularly the Republicans who stuck themselves with him, look for a change in behavior, think that somehow he will rise at last to the occasion of his office. But no, that is not in the cards, he is who he is, and if his ability to do such damage were not so fearsome we might feel compassion toward him. But I can’t. Although I have read Matthew and the Sermon on the Mount and find it to be in my view what Christianity is all about, I am not good enough to be able to extend the right hand of forgiveness to this man. The damage he has done and apparently he intends to do to his fellow Americans is too great.
Goodnight and, borrowing from the great Edward R Murrow, Good Luck!