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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Donald Trump has "many sides" none of them is leadership

Heartfelt condolences to the family and colleagues of the young demonstrator who was deliberately killed by the pro-Nazi white supremacists , on August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville VA, during heinous KuKluxKlan riots.  
Charlottesville Virginia is the area where Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello is located.
Obviously, the KuKluxKlan targeted one of the iconic symbols of the US Constitution, because Jefferson wrote most of it.

Charged with the murder was Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, who was arrested on one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of hit and run attended failure to stop with injury.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is blaming "many sides" for the tragedy, although it was the racist side that caused the death and injuries. 

Rather than demonstrate compassionate leadership, Donald Trump read an ambiguous statement and then retreated to his Bedminister New Jersey luxury hide out.  Honestly, "ambiguity" was never a problem for Donald Trump in the past, even as recently as when he publicly criticized Attorney General Sessions or Senate President Mitch McConnell.  But when publicly addressing racism in Charlottesville, Donald Trump accused "many sides" of being complicit in the loss of life and the injuries caused by the demonstrations. I'm accusing Donald Trump of having many leadership weaknesses, because he criticizes anybody he apparently wants when projecting blame for his own shortcomings, but won't condemn the evils rooted in racism.

Violence erupted in Charlottesville, when hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members — planning to stage what they described as their largest rally in decades to “take America back” — clashed with counter-protesters in the streets and a car plowed into crowds, killing one young person and injuring more than a dozen others.

In his late and tepid response to the incident, Donald Trump called on the "many sides" of the deadly incident to stop the violence.
Rather than condemn racism, Trump made a "many sides" tacit attempt to neutralize the the root cause of the tragedy.

If Donald Trump really cared about this incident and wanted to bring peace, his "many sides" response would've been to acknowledge the compassionate leadership of Virginia's Governor Terry McAuliffe. In fact, the Virginia Governor responded differently and appropriately to the racist incidents. 

In anticipation of escalating violence, McAuliffe had already called for a state of emergency, even before the deliberate killing of the innocent counter-protester. Moreover, as any competent leader would do, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will attend churches in Charlottesville, VA, on Sunday morning, where he will speak about Saturday’s chaos and violence that turned to tragedy, leaving one person dead and 19 others injured.

Rather than to give emotional support to Governor McAulliffe, instead, Donald Trump is hiding in one of his "many places". This time, he's holding up at a golf resort he owns in Bedminister, New Jersey.

In one of the "many responses" to Donald Trump's statement about the August 12, racism riot, the former KKK leader David Duke caustically reminded the "hiding in many (golf resort) places" president that,  "It was white Americans who put you in the presidency'.

Thankfully, many other responses to the Charlottesville tragedy came from leaders who bravely identified racism as the root cause of the incident.
Senator Tim Kaine, D-Virginia

Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, who was a Vice Presidential candidate in 2016, wrote:

"Virginia has come so far in recent decades to put division behind us. Both Anne and I are so proud of this progress. It's sickening to see the displays of violence and bigotry that were brought to Charlottesville by white nationalists over the last 24 hours, which tragically led to injuries and at least one death today. This is not who we are. Charlottesville is a vibrant community that recognizes the deep scars from our past and has rejected hatred in favor of inclusion.

"The fact that people like David Duke cited the President to justify their views is a disturbing reminder that divisive rhetoric has sadly contributed to a climate where individuals who espouse hate feel emboldened. As they seek publicity through their hateful tactics, let's pull together--regardless of party, race or religion--to reject hatred in no uncertain terms and stand together. I'm encouraged by the words of leaders on both sides of the aisle who have spoken out forcefully against what has occurred today, and it's critical that we follow up those words with action that builds a more inclusive future. We call ourselves a Commonwealth because the word signifies community. It's who we are and we won't go backwards."

Donald Trump's many racism and anti-patriotic sides (ie #TrumpRussia_gate), also includes an inability to demonstrate compassionate leadership.

He should not be learning "many sides" leadership from Governor McAuliffe and Senator Tom Kaine. Rather, Trump must condemn racism and denounce the KuKluxKlan leader, the evil David Duke.

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