David Duke to Trump: ‘Remember It Was White Americans Who Put You in the Presidency’

President Trump’s statements on Charlottesville were designed not to rile his most loyal base — white supremacists.

A white nationalist speaks to the media during a rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Aug. 12, 2017. / REUTERS

President Donald Trump, after days of pressure and ridicule from both the left and right, on Monday afternoon finally condemned white supremacy by name, saying “racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists … that are repugnant to everything we hold dear.”

But that was today. Over the past couple of days, these groups felt Trump had their back. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke over the weekend said the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville “represents a turning point for the people of this country … determined to take our country back … to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in,” he said in a video posted to Twitter. “That’s why we voted for Donald Trump. Because he said he’s going to take our country back. That’s what we gotta do.”

The demonstrations started Friday night with various factions of hate represented by neo-Nazis waving Nazi flags, Klansman and Confederates waving theirs and an assemblage of others with their hateful symbols marching with torches reminiscent of mob lynchings. A number of the marchers that evening and participating in the demonstrations on Saturday also wore another symbol for which they share a common cause: a red hat with the words “Make America Great Again.” And to eliminate any doubt, some shouted, “Heil Trump!” as their arms extended in a Nazi salute.

After being criticized all morning for not making a public statement surrounding the violent demonstrations that ultimately led to the killing of one counter-protester by a 20-year-old white supremacist, Trump finally made his first comments at 1:19 p.m., tweeting:

Trump’s tweet received a reply from Duke, who tweeted back at the president:

Trump was immediately criticized by the media and politicians on both the left and right for his vague comment and not specifically calling out white supremacy.

During a press conference later in the afternoon for a bill-signing over veterans benefits, Trump again gave a tepid statement; did not call out white supremacy; and, in fact, condemned all of the protesters — including those protesting Fascism, Nazism and hate. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides,” he said.

Trump’s dog-whistle was received loud and clear by those whom he did not want to offend.

“He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us,” wrote Andrew Anglin, founder of the white supremacist website The Daily Stormer. “No condemnation at all,” Anglin continued. “When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”

The acts of domestic terrorism committed by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday and Saturday were fueled by confidence that President Trump had their backs. At a pivotal moment when Trump could have definitively condemned their racist ideologies, he shamefully did not.

Trump is always quick to blatantly criticize everything and everyone who makes him angry and doesn’t hold back. He more angrily went after Nordstrom for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s clothing line than he did against hate.

Even members of his own party used strong language to condemn those rallying in support of white supremacy and denouncing the lack of strong language by the president.

Longtime GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah came out of the woodwork with his tweet: “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. –OGH” Hatch added later: “Their tiki torches may be fueled by citronella but their ideas are fueled by hate, & have no place in civil society.”

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also tweeted his thoughts, but he was quickly rebuked by musician John Legend for his complicity with Trump.

“Our hearts are with today’s victims. White supremacy is a scourge. This hate and its terrorism must be confronted and defeated,” Ryan tweeted.

“Impeach the white supremacist in the White House or STFU,” Legend retorted.

Courting White Supremacists

Trump mocked Obama for not calling Islamic terrorism by its name — but didn’t call white supremacy terrorism by its name. As a matter of fact, right-wing extremists averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities in the U.S., according to a study. Meanwhile, in the first 13-and-a-half years after 9/11, Muslim extremists were responsible for 50 deaths.

Trump’s words, most likely crafted by his white nationalist advisers like Steve Bannon, did not take a hard stance against white supremacy. Instead, in essence, he said neo-Nazis and KKK members on Saturday trying to incite a race war was equivalent to those who protested their hate, like 32-year-old Heather Heyer — who was killed by a 20-year-old white supremacist who ran her over with his vehicle.

A Trump aide said the president didn’t call out white supremacists because he didn’t want to dignify them. But, on July 28, he held an entire event in Brentwood, N.Y., regarding La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a Central American gang.

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Duke, who founded the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in 1975, endorsed Trump early on in his bid for the presidency. In an interview, Trump hesitated to disavow his support, and that of the KKK. He blamed his hesitation on a faulty earpiece.

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Initially refused to denounce KKK and disavow David Duke claiming not to know about either. Under pressure he later distanced himself in a tweet.

On Saturday at the rally, where white supremacists chanted phrases like “Jew will not replace us,” Duke was asked the question, “What does this day represent for you?” That’s when he responded with his rant about fulfilling “the promises of Donald Trump.”

In August 2016, Bannon joined Trump’s presidential bid, taking the position of chief executive officer. The former film producer with ties to the white nationalist movement led Trump’s campaign by courting the ideals of white supremacists. Trump’s agenda on the campaign trail was to create cultural anxiety.

He used racist rhetoric against Mexican immigrants, blaming them for the lack of jobs and crime, and talked about “building a wall” between the U.S. and Mexico, fanning the flames of hatred. Trump even condoned violence against people of color who protested at his rallies.

His rhetoric hit home for rural white communities, which make up Trump’s most loyal base, according to a Pew Research Center Survey.

After Trump was elected, there was a spike in hate crimes across the country. Duke said on Twitter in November that Trump’s election to presidency and cabinet picks are the first steps toward “taking America back.”

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Bannon, former chairman of the alt-right website Breibart, is Trump’s chief strategist. Trump’s cabinet also includes Stephen Miller, the architect of Trump’s Muslim travel ban, and Sebastian Gorka, who a Nazi-allied Hungarian nationalist group claims as a sworn member. And Trump also appointed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who consistently works on dismantling established civil rights.

Trump’s administration has laid the groundwork for the KKK and neo-Nazis to perpetuate their racist ethos.

In June, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) restarted a stalled $10 million grant program for “Countering Violent Extremism. ” DHS decided to cancel planned spending on deradicalizing violent white nationalists.

According to Politico, “Life After Hate, a group dedicated to deradicalizing neo-Nazis and stopping white extremism, was slated to get $400,000 in the final days of the Obama administration before the program was halted for review, but the Trump administration dropped them from the new grant list.”

Christian Picciolini, who renounced his ties to the neo-Nazi movement in 1996 when he was 22 years old, co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit that advocates for peace.

In an interview with NPR on Sunday, Picciolini said that his organization has witnessed a shift in the neo-Nazi movement to include “people who look like our neighbors.”

“It’s gone from what we would have considered very open neo-Nazis and skinheads and KKK marching, to now people that look like our neighbors, our doctors, our teachers, our mechanics,” he said. “And it’s certainly starting to embolden them because a lot of the rhetoric that’s coming out of the White House today is so similar to what we preached … but in a slightly more palatable way.”

Despite Trump’s limited response on Twitter regarding Charlottesville, Ivanka Trump tweeted the following on Sunday:

Trump did not retweet his daughters sentiments. But he did retweet several neo-Nazi tweets during the presidential campaign.

Meanwhile, Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth Frazier on Monday resigned from the president’s American Manufacturing Council, saying he was taking a stand against “intolerance and extremism.”

“America’s leaders must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” Frazier said in a statement. “As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

Trump was quick to respond in this situation, however, tweeting within minutes: “Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”

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  • Horrified and disgusted with the events in Charlottesville this past weekend. I am starting to feel a bit defeated. The “other side” will stop at nothing, even killing peaceful protesters, exercising their rights, something the “right” claims is important to them. However, their inability to grasp “Irony” is beyond me. Can these people be that ignorant? They certainly aren’t patriots. They are terrorists. But how do we educate them, when their response is to just run people over with a car, or “throw them in an oven”? I am just at a loss.

    • I suspect you are not as old as I am, Sheri T. It felt the same during the 60’s and 70’s during the Civil Rights movement. People traveled to the South (primarily) to march and protest knowing full well they might be attacked by not only racists but by the police organizations who, in many cases, allowed the attacks to take place. Many innocent protesters were killed…not to mention people who just happened to get caught up in the violence of the hate. (4 little girls in church, Emmett Till, etc etc.) We do not educate racists, per se. We work to eliminate the systems that support them and hopefully along the way, some, like Mr. Picciolini, will see the error of their ways.

    • Charity Dell

      SHERI T.–You are NOT at a loss–you are just as DISGUSTED and ANGRY as I am.
      But you DO have tools at your disposal, and you can constructively CHANNEL YOUR ANGER
      into ACTION. The formula is really simple:

      1. MOURN.
      2. ORGANIZE.
      3. RESIST! :-)

      You will find a way to work with like-minded people who want a decent future in these
      United States of America.

      The “other side” that wants desperately to cling to some 500-year old colonialist
      concept that the “New World” was “theirs for the taking” HAVE BEEN WRONG
      FOR 500 YEARS, AND MUST BE DISABUSED OF THAT NOTION. This country
      was literally built on the backs of the SLAUGHTERED AND SCATTERED
      INDIGENOUS NATIONS and AFRICAN SLAVES DRAGGED HERE AS CHEAP LABOR.
      The New World was literally conquered by GUNS, which is why Alt-Right folks WORSHIP
      WEAPONS AND RACISM, their TWIN IDOLS.

      Last week-end’s events demonstrate clearly that WHITE SUPREMACISTS BELIEVE
      THAT VIOLENCE AGAINST ANYONE IS ACCEPTABLE. They clearly want to
      provoke their precious “RAHOWA”–Racial Holy War–but they may be surprised
      when they get their “RaHoWa.” Second Amendment rights work both ways!

  • He is correct. But what is horrible is when a group who has a permit to do so can not demonstrate on behalf of not removing a monument that is a symbol of United States history without being terrorized by left leaning protesters hell bent on disrupting their right to do so. Just as we seen the same sort of violent behavior after President Trump was elected by those who would uphold illegals in this country and demonstrate in such a violent behavior.

    • If I were the mayor of Charlottesville, I’d have cut that statue into pieces the minute I received the request by the Nazis to assemble. Robert E. Lee was a graduate of West Point. He was offered the command of the Union Army by General Scott. He turned it down to lead the Confederacy. In proportion to today’s population, there were 3 million casualties in the Civil War. Robert E. Lee was a superior general to most of the Union generals. He was a traitor.

      Only a hateful dope would compare anti-Nazi protesters to Nazi protestors.

      • Tell it like it is Luke. The south lost. This is the USA not the confederate states of America. They carry around that traitor flag like a badge of honor. True idiots who contribute nothing but ignorance to this country.

      • The despicable racists on one side and the despicable antifa and blm terrorists on the other. Two sides to the same nasty coin. There were no good guys involved with that mess. The only difference is that on Sunday Conservative churches and politicians were decrying the racists rather than trying to make them heroes. This country is doomed as long as hate is not repudiated.

          • Honest people see the truth. But, for some division is good for business. That’s just sad.

          • Good point again Luke. Not sure why people want to equate civil rights groups with racists.

          • BLM are not domestic terroists. The Anti-fascists are not terroists. They are advocating violence or seeking to destroy those whose complexions, political views, religions and cultures are different from theirs. As long as you and others like you try to equate humans speaking up to be treated with decent humanity with these evil murderous white supremacists, our country is doomed to remain in stagnant ignorance. It is not the same. It is not the same. It is a shame…..a low down dirty shame that decent people sit back and justify these evil doers.

        • Charity Dell

          BLAYNE–The Alt-Right White Nationalist/New-Nazi/Neo-Aryan movement is not simply about “hate”,
          although they are hate-filled and hateful people. The movement is clearly about GENOCIDE, and that
          is what they want for the entire nation. GENOCIDE is their goal, and all these battles that they are
          provoking is part of a NATIONAL STRATEGY of incidents designed to LITERALLY ANNHILATE
          ANYONE WHO DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THEM.

        • False equivalency. Let’s look at it like this. One group is saying take your boot off my neck and stop oppressing me. The other group is saying it isn’t fair to make me take my boot off your neck. And you think they’re the same? Only one is hateful and about mistreating others.

      • Bravo Luke! Between traitors and haters… this country needs more love, acceptance, less judgments, understanding and peace throughout our beautiful country! No room for bigots, homophobics, communists and sexists!

      • Luke as much as I hate to see the KKK march, they have a right to do so, peacefully. The counter protestors have the same right. The person initiating the violence will be prosecuted. However, you cannot just ban peoples thoughts because you disagee.

    • In what circumstance do the losers in a armed conflict get to erect statues of their soldiers? The confederacy lost! You claim these statues to be a celebration of American history. So why not put statues up of the winners? Because we all know that this is clearly a racist response and did not happen until 50-60 years after the war was over and the south was in their” keep the Negros under control” mode. Yes, they had permits and we are a country that lets all people have their say. But when you spew hatred and divisiveness, expect resistance from right minded people. Its funny how all of these alternative right functions end up in a bad place. I recall the march in Washington by women from all over the country. Where was the violent behavior that you talk about from those non Trump supporters? I don’t recall seeing any. Take down all of the statues supporting the confederacy. Read about those losers in history books.

      • And stop flying that stupid flag, too. You lost. As Jeff states, this is the USA, not the confederate states of America. Act like it.

        • I am a firm believer that those who remember the Confederate States fondly should fly their last flag. It’s extremely important that they keep in mind their heritage and where they stood. It’s equally important that they recall their last flag was a plain white one.

    • Left leaning protesters did NOT terrorize anyone. They have a right to peaceably assemble as well. Driving a car into those protesters is NOT a right created or preserved by the U.S. Constitution. Please grow the hell up.

      • You obviously weren’t there and only believe what the leftist media want you to believe. Nobody is defending the racists, but until people wake up and see that most of the violence is coming from the left, we’re in big trouble. There needs to be love and forgiveness from both sides.

          • Never even heard of them. You and those like you aren’t able to fool everyone.

          • No? Never heard of them? Maybe you should check them out – take a good hard look – the crap that you spout is also spouted on those websites, along with a lot of other vile racist hate.

            Then take a look in the mirror. Those are your people. Picture your face on the Mount Rushmore of human feces along with Dylann Roof, James Alex Fields, Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler.

            Have a nice day.

          • Blayne- don’t worry, anytime Like doesn’t agree with someone’s else’s opinion he immediately declares them a racist and that they must be on those sites. He did the same with me. Funny how someone can “preach” diversity but apparently that doesn’t apply to ideas.

            Both sides are wrong here. It doesn’t matter what Trump says, the left doesn’t agree with anything he says anyway so why would they here. The only thing they would agree with is if he said he will resign, lol.

          • You’re right- I do not believe there is a responsibility to “discuss” or “debate” anything with neo Nazis or white supremacists.

            I don’t think Trump is a neo Nazi or white supremacist, I think he’s an amoral opportunist narcissistic dullard, possibly addled by advancing senility.

            He would do ANYTHING to be adored, even if it means courting neo Nazis and white supremacists. Or starting a war. With a tiny Asian hermitage country that is getting its missle technology from….the Russians. Or with a South American country that is oil rich, which would increase the price of oil, which benefits….the Russians. And Exxon. See? It’s not so complicated.

            Go Mueller!

        • Charity Dell

          BLAYNE–Even “whiteness” WILL NOT PROTECT YOU FROM THE ALT-RIGHT IF YOU DO NOT
          AGREE WITH THEM. “Whiteness” DID NOT PROTECT HEATHER HEYER from the wrath of the
          Alt-Right. The fact that over 250 incidents were provoked by these Alt-Right White Supremacists–
          and most of their victims were WHITE–clearly demonstrates the GENOCIDAL AGENDA OF THE
          ALT-RIGHT. Their goal is clearly to ANNHILATE AMERICANS WHO DO NOT LOOK LIKE THEM.

        • Blayne, I clearly wasn’t there but I do believe the firsthand accounts of many ministers of a variety of religions who state unequivocally that AntiFa protected them and, in many cases, potentially saved their lives from the attacks of some American “patriots.”

    • That statue was nothing more that an excuse to spew hatred at Jews and blacks. You don’t need to come armed to the teeth to demonstrate peacefully.

      Nazis died in a war, too, but Germany has the decency to not have Nazi symbols and statues of Hitler. Although the Holocaust was part of its history. As a matter of fact you can get arrested, one American did recently, and a couple of Chinese tourists a few years ago, for giving the Nazi salute in public.

      Just what part of Nazi symbolism is supposed to be part of American history? Want to complain? Write your congressmen. Want to terrorize people? Show up armed to the teeth.

      In addition, the civil war was an act of treason. When did we start celebrating treason? The Confederacy was a lost cause. They lost. We won. Its 2017, get over it. Plus, trump hates losers.

      The KKK started over a hundred years ago. There’s dozens of these idiot organizations with their guns and their rethoric, made up of their pathetic losers who have been trying to make America Christian and white for over a hundred years.

      We’re browner than ever.

      A loser is someone doing the same thing over and over and over again seeking a different result.

      It ain’t working.

      Buy a clue.

      Come into the 21st Century with the rest of us. David Duke has been a loser since 1974, thinking that moron in the White House, currently lining his pockets, gives a sh*t about any of you and your cause. He knew what dog whistles would get you idiots to vote for him. That’s it.

      Now that’s one strategy that does get the same results over and over for decades- the Southern Strategy.

      Your own people screw you over again and again through your weakness – racism.

      To quote trump: “Sad”.

      • “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

        Lyndon B. Johnson

        • “The South’s politicians and preachers to the poor White man: ‘You’ve got more than the Blacks; don’t complain. You’re better than them: you were born with White skin, all the same.” — Bob Dylan, “Only a Pawn in Their Game”

    • Charity Dell

      PIANKI–Yes, a permit to demonstrate PEACEFULLY was granted. However:

      1. Why did the Alt-Right/New-Nazis/Neo-Aryans/White Brotherhood folks have to bring WEAPONS to a so-called
      “peaceful” demonstration? This indicates THE INTENTION TO COMMIT VIOLENT ACTS.
      2. Why did the White Supremacist groups find a way to provoke MORE THAN 250 INCIDENTS in the city of
      Charlottesville? This was CLEARLY orchestrated and shows that VIOLENCE IS THE PREFERRED METHOD
      of these Alt-Right groups.
      3. Since when does peaceful protest involve MOWING DOWN PEOPLE IN CARS? You know the answer:
      White Supremacists BELIEVE THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO KILL PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LOOK LIKE THEM.

      As far as “undocumented illegals” go, we have MILLIONS OF WHITE AND ASIAN UNDOCUMENTED ILLEGALS
      in this country, in addition to Latino and Afro-Caribbean “undocumented illegals.” Undocumented illegals are not the
      source of MOST violence in this country–MOST violence in this country is done by AMERICAN DOMESTIC TERRORISTS
      WHO WERE BORN HERE; and MOST THEM ARE WHITE EURO-AMERICANS. ALL THE WORST MASSACRES
      IN THIS COUNTRY WERE COMMITTED BY YOUNG WHITE AMERICAN-BORN MALES, between the ages of
      17-35.

  • It is always “funny” to me how people want Trump to denounce the people who got him elected. Trump is a racist himself. They expect him to have a normal reaction to an abnormal situation that he himself created.

  • When truth meets reality! David Duke is telling the truth. But believe it when Trump is speaking in code when condemning the far right wing to the public, it’s staged and it took too long. He’s showing you his stripes.

    Seems like since Trump’s been in office, everyone is getting their Black card handed to them. My question is how does it feel? Cause I can tell you from experience it sucks.

    • “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

      Lyndon B. Johnson

    • Charity Dell

      LEE–You got the TRUE REVELATION. David Duke was simultaneously telling the truth and threatening the president.
      The ALT-RIGHT clearly demonstrated that GENOCIDE is their real goal. So yes, they are busy handing out the
      RACE CARD to everyone WHO DOES NOT AGREE WITH THEM. A white female WAS A VICTIM OF GENOCIDE,
      which manifested itself in “WHITE-ON-WHITE” CRIME. Her “whiteness” did not protect her from WHITE MALES
      BENT ON KILLING PROTESTERS, most of whom were WHITE AMERICANS.

  • Police ‘stand down” order? Don’t know who ProPublica is, but from inside their article on Charlottesville:

    “In the weeks leading up to the protest, city and state officials put together a detailed plan for the rally, mobilizing 1,000 first responders, including 300 state police troopers and members of the National Guard. Judging from how events unfolded today, it appears that the strategy was to avoid direct confrontations with the protesters.

    Miriam Krinsky, a former federal prosecutor who has worked on police reform efforts in Los Angeles, said it was too early to assess the law enforcement response in Charlottesville. But she said a strategy of disengagement generally works to embolden unruly crowds.”

    Detailed plan, 1000 first responders. Musta been some plan, maybe along the lines for New Orleans’ Ray Nagin’s “Do nothing and wait for FEMA” plan for Katrina decade or so ago.

      • Charity Dell

        LUKE–The Alt-Right clearly demonstrated that THEIR ULTIMATE GOAL IS GENOCIDE
        FOR ALL WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH THEM, INCLUDING WHITE PEOPLE.

        I would like to know the answer to this simple question:
        WHY WERE THE PROTESTERS ALLOWED TO BRING WEAPONS TO A “PEACEFUL” RALLY?

        The National Guard should have been out in force as soon as the Neo-Nazis/KKK/White Nationalists
        showed up in such huge numbers WITH WEAPONS.

        • Oh no, if you’re white and protesting with assult rifles, it’s ok. If you’re Black, protesting the murder of a teenager (with no weapons) in Ferguson, you’re met with boxcar loads of tear gas, militarized “police” and armored vehicles. For days and days.

          • Charity Dell

            LUKE–Thanks for clearing that up for me….LOL
            I forgot about that “Lily-White Is Bigly-Right” codicil to the Second Amendment.
            But we surely had an awful lot of White-On-White Crime last week-end…
            and it was Bigly.

  • I’ve listened and read what I could not escape about this subject, and the one thing that is apparent is that everytime this David Duke Tweet is brought up, it is quickly buried. It should not be, and it should be the first thing in the conversation and in most cases, the only thing.

    Duke, to me, is sending Trump a warning -a thinly veiled threat -and this is what is being buried. That, and Trump’s White House surrogate Gorka getting on the radio saying that whites were not the problem in this past weekend’s situation. And look how quickly the Korea problem got thrown in! “Nothing to see over here people, look over at North Korea!” yes, North Korea is a situation, this is a situation in our Government.

    David Duke told on Trump and his White House, and again –they’re coving it up well. I cannot see ANY of the 44 Presidents before this getting away with one spec of this -not one spec. Not for a second! So why does this guy get a pass?! He wanted to be President, then hold him accountable as one, bottom line and it’s the people who will do it. Not Mueller, Not Congress, Not the Senate -the people need to use the power they’ve got, and stop being manipulated in thinking they have none.

    • Note the difference in police response between Ferguson and Charlottesville.

      Just keep in mind that the North Koreans have killed fewer Americans in the past 50 years than guns killed in America today.

      These “enemies”, they’re distractions. It’s all BS.

    • Charity Dell

      MANDI PINNI–You were right about that “veiled threat”–I picked up on it, also, and wondered why more people did
      not point out Duke’s warning to Trump. This ALT-Right Neo-Nazi/Neo-Aryan/White Brotherhood movement is getting
      increasingly organized and orchestrating violent events nationwide. They would not hesitate to attack the president or
      any government official who disagrees with them. I also recall the governor of Virginia stating that over 250 incidents
      had occurred all over Charlottesville; a clear indication that the Alt-Right is waging war against the American populace
      and will use any form of violence to achieve their “Lily-White-Is-Right” agenda.

    • Mandi, I picked up on that with David Duke as well. I told my coworker that the Secret Service should pay David Duke a visit; his statement was a poorly veiled, verbal threat to Trump.

      I read an article (months ago) and the author wrote that if Trump were to be assassinated, it would be by a white supremacist, angry at him because he did not keep his campaign promises.

  • President Trump’s first response to Charlottesville was clearly insufficient. He screwed up, “bigly.” He should admit it, learn from it and move on. The question is whether he is too stubborn and childish to learn from this. At this point, I don’t know.

    • He learned nothing. He said what he believed over the weekend. Yesterday, he read from the teleprompter what someone wrote for him. It was an act of repulsive self-preservation, given the subject matter.

      Trump is a “man” who craves adulation. He doesn’t care who is shouting “heil Trump” as long as someone is.

    • Charity Dell

      JEROME–You cannot learn when your brain cells do not work.
      The wheel may appear to be turning, but the Hamster is dead.
      The elevator cannot ascend all the way to the top, if the elevator was never installed.
      You cannot cook without a fuel source or other form of energy.
      You can lead a horse to water, but cannot make it drink;
      You can drop a man in college, but you cannot make him think.
      If you choose not to read, you choose not to lead.
      If you forget to pay your brain bill, they won’t issue you a substitute brain.
      Cognition is not supported by junk food and Cheetos Make-up sessions.

  • Rational, thinking people knew that the moment The Chump became POTUS, it was not going to be good for us domestically or internationally. He has no business being POTUS – yet there he stands with his chin stuck out like the pompous ass he is. He read the teleprompter like he was being held hostage; no ring of sincerity at all. Took him minutes to respond to Ken Frazier’s resignation with a derogatory tweet but 2 days to denounce the KKK. What more needs to be said about this guy that will open the eyes of those who continue to support him.

    • Charity Dell

      EMM–I beg to differ with your comparison–donkeys and burros are USEFUL creatures, and many of them are cute. ;-) LOL
      However, I regret to inform you that, as much as I DON’T want this to be,

      All your other statements are CORRECT! Aaaaaayyyyyyyy Chihuahua!

      GOD HELP AMERICA.
      AMEN.

  • Trump to Duke: “Oh, that’s right. I take back what I said about the Nazis and Klan being bad. They include some fine people. It’s their opponents who are bad. They protested without a permit. My bad.”

    • David Andersen

      grannybunny you nailed it. It looks like Trump trembled in his shoes when he realized his core audience was not pleased. he should have just said ” My bad Wizard Duke….let me fix that….phew!”. Sad doesn’t describe this situation.

      • David Andersen

        Trump’s WHITE house needs to be flushed down the toilet along with David Dookee (pronounced do-key)!

    • Now, it is being reported that the counter-demonstrators had a permit also. Meaning, that — as usual — nothing the POTUS said had any validity whatsoever.

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