Tuesday August 22, 2017
The moral failure of this presidency is complete. Days after violent white supremacists flooded Charlottesville, Va., to beat young black men, chant Nazi slogans, march on churches with torches and murder an innocent woman, President Donald Trump blamed "both sides" and gave license to the far right's wildest dreams. The Greatest Generation, my father among them, fought to stop Nazis, and 70 years later our president says these thugs include some "very fine people"? This cannot stand.
Far from being condemned, Nazis and white supremacists are willing to show their faces without shame because they have been authorized to hate by this president.
But repudiation of the terrorism in Charlottesville is not enough. The foundation has been laid in the form of rhetoric, policy and personnel - and none of it can stand. Hate crime spiked more than 20 percent in 2016, fueled by Trump's campaign, according to the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism. Within 10 days of the election, the Southern Poverty Law Center tracked 900 bias-related incidents against minorities.
The Muslim ban, the rollback of LGBT rights and the voter fraud commission institutionalize discrimination. Employing Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka in the White House endorses white supwremacy.
I was heartened by the United in Love rally in downtown Reading. It is important to stand against the hate we saw in Charlottesville, but it is not enough. We must dismantle the policies that give it legitimacy and put an end to this administration.
Administration fails a major moral test