- - Monday, August 14, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As odious as we may find those “white nationalists” or neo-Nazi groups, they were not the responsible parties for the violence in Charlottesville last weekend (“Pence calls white supremacists ‘dangerous fringe groups,’ defends Trump’s call for unity,” Web, Aug. 13).

They had obtained a permit for their rally in the desired location and even defended it in court with the help of the ACLU. Similar demonstrations had taken place weeks before without incident.

President Trump has condemned the violence by all sides without assigning blame. Nor should he assign blame. The Democrats want him to blame the demonstrators who had a permit, when it is the counterprotesters who should be blamed. They were the ones who had declared that they “would not allow” the approved demonstration to take place on “our streets.” They were determined to overrule the valid permit, vetoing any rally that did not meet their approval. They arrived with helmets, clubs and shields.

I have no love or even respect for those far-right fringe groups, but I think it is wrong, even dangerous, to allow the far left to sit as self-anointed potentates of what is and is not approved under the First Amendment. And I am disgusted that Sen. McCain, Sen. Rubio et al. joined the Democrats in condemning only the extreme right and faulting the president for his balanced criticism of all sides.

DENNIS DOYLE

Woodbridge

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