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.
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:
Violence on both sides ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/fO0sKoVtK7
— Clarkisha Kent (@IWriteAllDay_) August 16, 2017
A member of the alt-left, without a permit, charging at someone who was just trying to preserve his culture. pic.twitter.com/hILmIPNl0I
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) August 15, 2017
“Look, The First Order had a permit for Starkiller Base. The Resistance didn’t have a permit. So, I think there’s blame on both sides”
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) August 15, 2017
me: ahhh WHAT THE HELL STOP, SOMEONE HELP
guy murdering me: I have a stabbing permit
me: my mistake, I am also to blame
— Licensed Esthetician (@SortaBad) August 16, 2017
Charging at fascists without a permit. pic.twitter.com/EdHXnvLn00
— David Carroll (@profcarroll) August 16, 2017
ocular proof pic.twitter.com/Th09vL6Jx2
— Laurie Lipton (@laurielipton) August 16, 2017
“You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.” pic.twitter.com/pG3Lhu8eQu
— Eliel Cruz-Lopez (@elielcruz) August 16, 2017
— Stop Trump (@StopTrump2020) August 16, 2017
Watching ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ a movie about a group of very aggressive alt-left protesters invading a beach without a permit.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) August 16, 2017
Liberal arts college professor brutalizes Nazi, who has a permit. More alt-left indoctrination. pic.twitter.com/knrhHuPNDl
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 15, 2017
OK, Voldemort is a murderous Death-Eater obsessed with blood purity, but Harry went to Hogsmeade without permission. So faults on both sides
— Tom Easton (@TomEaston) August 16, 2017
Sure the Empire is evil, but nobody is talking about the extremely violent Rebel Alliance.
— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) August 15, 2017
I dunno yal. The ghostbusters sound like a hate group. It’s possible they provoked the ghosts. I think Blame on both sides.” pic.twitter.com/WZxKfzvQTI
— RAFAEL CASAL (@RafaelCasal) August 16, 2017
Sure, the cancer was aggressive. But the chemotherapy was also very aggressive. There was aggression on both sides
— elan gale (@theyearofelan) August 16, 2017
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.
(image: Marvel Comics)
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