Monday, August 14, 2017

So sad

 This is Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday when a car accelerated into a crowd of people protesting American Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

This is what the president* tweeted about it, five hours later:

"Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Va.  So sad!"

First responses are the most honest.  No mention of how she was killed, or why, or by who.  No hint of condemnation of the rally she gave her life to protest, of the young white males screaming "Hail Trump!" and denouncing Jews and Muslims.  No suggestion that this might be unacceptable.  The bare minimum, acknowledging the violence without alienating the base.  Later he will read a mumbling statement from a speechwriter about violence "from every side," whatever that means.  Later, goaded by his own party, he will even name the perpetrators before turning to more important matters, a pharma CEO who resigned from one of his fake commissions rather than serve as a token African American.  That's outrageous.  Hater!

I doubt if he ever bothered to learn Heather Heyer's name.


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