- - Friday, August 18, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Trump’s opponents would like for you to believe that he is a racist that has gone “off the rails,” going as far as to compare him to Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders.

These people clearly did not pay attention in history class and must have never seen someone go “off the rails” if they actually think that the president’s comments at Tuesday’s press conference were “off the rails” and comparable to Hitler.

In fact, maybe they are just unaccustomed to common sense and truth if they believe something was wrong with President Trump’s answers to begin with.

President Trump answered the questions he was asked, directly and honestly. When discussing violence, he made it clear that he believed violence is unacceptable, regardless of what group one represents when committing that violence.

How can one disagree with this? To say otherwise would truly be a disgrace to this great nation and the incredible freedoms it represents.

On Monday, the day before the press conference, President Trump, in no uncertain terms, disavowed the KKK and white supremacists, calling them “repugnant” among other things.

Nothing changed about the president’s statements when he spoke again Tuesday. All President Trump did Tuesday was add his disgust and condemnation for the violence that came from other sides present in Charlottesville.

By condemning the violence from the other sides, President Trump did not make an excuse for white supremacy, as some would like for you to believe. He did not try to create a moral equivalency between racists and good Americans against hate groups like the KKK. He did not encourage white supremacist groups.

President Trump simply called it as he sees it. He did not turn a blind eye to the violence started by other groups, just as he did not turn a blind eye to the repugnancy and violence of the KKK and white supremacist groups.

Violence is unacceptable, regardless of what group commits the violence. Why can we not agree on this?

A young woman lost her life in Charlottesville. Others could have ended up with the same horrible fate during the violent attacks that went on over the weekend.

How did this tragic event turn into an attack on the president?

Instead of listening to the media and the president’s political adversaries, let’s take time to listen to each other. Let’s grow in our communities and work to eradicate the hate that does still exist in this country.

There is no place for hate in my heart, in my home and in my country. Join me in spreading this message. Violence is not the way.

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