” The White House transition team distanced Trump from the event in a statement at the time, saying he “has went on to denounce racism of any kind.” Greenblatt, and Simi both said Trump ought to give consideration to removing figures care for White House adviser and foregoing Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon, who once described his news site as “the platform, for the alt right” and has repeatedly cited an anti-immigrant novel, “The Camp Of The Saints,” that’s a touchstone in far right circles. Researchers who study extremist groups view the Charlottesville rally, the largest of its kind in recent years, as part of a broader move by white supremacists to play a more aggressive role in politics. “No, it isn’t.” Related: Trump Condemns Hate Groups, Calls Racism ‘Evil’ Days After Charlottesville Violence While Greenblatt said Trump’s remarks condemning racism on Monday were positive, he added that Trump should’ve to “step above the lowest possible bar”, and pair his words with action.
Days prior to the Charlottesville attack, Trump’s deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka mocked concerns over with far-right violence in an interview with Breitbart as an effort to distract from Islamic terrorism. Trump initially condemned violence “on numerous sides” in Charlottesville, drawing opprobrium across the political spectrum, for comparing scuffles between anti-racist protestors and white supremacists to a deadly car attack that killed Heather Heyer, 32 and injured 19 others. While Simi said “false equivalence” was a unintentional mistake that fed into white supremacist efforts to portray themselves as victims, he warned there was a real serious danger that far-right, anti-fascist, and anarchist groups will adopt more violent tactics in their confrontations if left unchecked. After police charged a man in Portland with fatally stabbing two good Samaritans who defended a Muslim teen he harassed, Trump waited days to praise the victims on Twitter, for “standing up to hate, and intolerance.” “I do not have very optimistic views on the next few in number years,” Simi said….Read The Full Article Here”
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