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GOP leaders blast racial hate; few call out Trump over his remarks

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This article was published August 17, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Marcus Martin and his fiancee, Marissa Blair, attend a memorial Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va., for Heather Heyer, who was killed Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally.

NEW YORK -- The Senate's top Republican on Wednesday condemned the "messages of hate and bigotry" carried by the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. But like other top GOP officials, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not criticize President Donald Trump, who said a day earlier that white supremacists don't bear all the blame for last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Va.

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RBear says... August 17, 2017 at 5:24 a.m.

I've seen a lot of people, Trump included, who ask the question of why not Washington or Jefferson. It's a fair question and deserves a fair and rational answer. There is a difference. The call for removal of the statues honoring Confederate leaders and the Confederacy is because that rebellion was solely for the purpose of protecting and preserving the right to own and trade slaves. Plain and simple. There is no reason to honor that legacy. It would be like Germans honoring the legacy of Nazi Germany. If you believe the practice of slavery is disgusting and horrific, then these statues need to come down.
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As for the other leaders who owned slaves, it is quite different. Their contribution to history was not for owning slaves. It was for founding a country or other notable reasons. Slavery was an institution of the time and that period from the founding to the Civil War was when our nation came to terms with the despicable practice. Just as any social issue takes time to develop, abolition did also. But those men and women of that period did come to terms. Unfortunately, many in the South never did.
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In fact, in the crafting of the Declaration of Independence Jefferson called the issue out. "He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither," he wrote. The passage was deleted after objection from the Southern delegates.
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So the difference is stark and should not cloud the movement to reverse the practice of honoring those of the Confederacy. Removal of those statues does not remove history. History will remain forever, but generations forth will never wonder why a nation that deplores slavery would choose to honor the institution through statues venerating the Confederacy.

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BoudinMan says... August 17, 2017 at 6:09 a.m.

This is a giant red herring. Jefferson and Washington were leaders and founders of our nation, as well as flawed human being beings. The fact they were slave owners is detestable. They did forge a wonderful, and exciting idea for a new concept in nationhood. That this concept remains alive and vibrant today is a testament to them, and our other founding fathers who built this great nation. Lee, Davis, Stephens, et. al., were determined to destroy our young nation. No equivalence.

For trump to condemn nazi's and kkker's without adding in his "whataboutisms" should be low-hanging fruit. That he chose to equate people who oppose this ideology with those despicable enough to proudly march in support of these deplorable views is abhorrent and should be called out by every member of congress and all Americans. We should not hesitate to use trump's name in these condemnations. Nor should republicans. This is your guy. You bought him. You own him.

In saying that there were good and fine people on both sides in Hooksville that day, trump is not "telling like it is." He is showing us who he is.

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flatlander says... August 17, 2017 at 7:53 a.m.

Many good people left their homes to attend a rally, or counter-rally, only to find themselves amongst a throng of professional racists and haters who foment violence and racism. This fact, stated by our president, was seized upon by the "never Trumpers" and used against him.

Any one or group who promotes racism and hatred has no place in America. Also true, this statement of fact was used against Mr. Trump by those who see everything through agenda driven glasses. Perhaps they could see better without them.

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BOLTAR says... August 17, 2017 at 8:34 a.m.

Good people at the event would have decried the racists and joined the counter protestors or left. Those who continued to march with racists are themselves racists.

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ArkCurmudgeon says... August 17, 2017 at 9:43 a.m.

Yes, we know the white supremacists and neo-Nazis are despicable racists. I deplore what they say. I deplore the murderer that drove his car into the crowd. However, there was still violence on both sides. It is never permissible to physically attack others for holding signs and shouting racist comments. The first amendment to the constitution is very dear to me. I hate what those people stand for but, cannot refuse them their right to believe it and say it out loud. Who started the violence? I wasn't there and don't have all the information. If the city and county and state governments there knew the protests and counter protests were there or going to be there then, there should have been a substantial police presence to intercede. I think most everyone knows that there is a significant potential for violence at events like that. The worst of it could have been prevented.

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mrcharles says... August 17, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Ewe all are wrong talking about these fore founders of this country. I refer you to discussion in the Texas Board of Education, or as they call it elsewhere, if the bible said there are witches and dragons, then it must be true. There they discuss the real founders of USA, G-d and Moses. The efforts were to put in prominence the characters of the deity and Moses, who was the meekest man at his time, perhaps of all time/

As to few call out trump, what do you expect . Politics make strange bed fellows, just look at the lovely young thing who with tremendous attributes to be now involved in Trumps communications. The damn will break soon, when the tweeter finally goes one bridge too far, and then like SE Asia and the dominoes, they will fall and justice will flow like that flood that made the Grand canyon overnight.

On behalf of the Pigeon's have Rights Too Society, we too protest removal of those Confederate statutes. I would suggest we listen to the voice of the pigeons as to their thoughts on these statues and the legacy they usually left behind on these merely historical inanimate objects of what was good and holy about the south during the good old days.

Vaya Con Dios you there statutes!

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gohogs17 says... August 17, 2017 at 10:19 a.m.

Some commentators on this site definitely have mental issues. I think woodchuck really needs assistance. In addition, he must be the most blasphemous individual in this state.

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BOLTAR says... August 17, 2017 at 10:24 a.m.

Congrats, mrcharles. I even blasphemed the Holy Ghost, so I could be first in gohogs' Book of Judgment, but you still beat me! I guess the better demon won.

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gohogs17 says... August 17, 2017 at 10:35 a.m.

Rail on, brag about it, boltar. You both are alike.

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BOLTAR says... August 17, 2017 at 10:46 a.m.

We can't both be the best blasphemers. Who do you, as a Christian, love and damn most - mrcharles or little old me?

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