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The Internet Had the Best Responses to Trump’s “Both Sides” White Supremacy Defense

Yesterday, Donald Trump attempted to use his late condemnation of white supremacy as a shield against criticism while he blamed “both sides” for violence and death that resulted from white supremacists. His statements drew criticism from the media—generally noting that he’d gone back to his Saturday “many sides” position that everyone but white supremacists found unacceptable—as well as politicians, but leave it to the internet to truly rake him over the coals.

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Not only did he try to place blame on “both sides,” but he defended the neo-Nazis and white supremacists for having gotten a permit to hold their repugnant rally, as well as their desire to preserve Confederate monuments. There’s really not a lot to say other than that we deserve a leader who dislikes white supremacists enough to blame them for violence that results from their racism without quibbling over circumstances, so I’ll let Twitter do the rest:

Look, the legality of the white supremacist rally isn’t the issue that the president should be concerned with. The issue is that, without white supremacy and actual Nazis, none of this would’ve happened. That’s why we don’t blame “both sides.” When there’s Nazi violence, it’s always the Nazis’ fault.

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Dan Van Winkle (he) is an editor and manager who has been working in digital media since 2013, first at now-defunct <em>Geekosystem</em> (RIP), and then at <em>The Mary Sue</em> starting in 2014, specializing in gaming, science, and technology. Outside of his professional experience, he has been active in video game modding and development as a hobby for many years. He lives in North Carolina with Lisa Brown (his wife) and Liz Lemon (their dog), both of whom are the best, and you will regret challenging him at <em>Smash Bros.</em>

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