If anyone was unclear where Trump stood on racial hatred, he could not express it more clearly than this:
The President offered an update on what will be done about the violence from the weekend:
The Department of Justice has opened up a Civil Right’s investigation with Jeff Sessions and the new FBI director. They’re looking into the deadly car attack that left one dead, and 20 injured.
“To anyone who acted criminally during this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered.”
Trump again condemned in the strongest terms, this hatred, bigotry and violence, which ‘has no place in America’…
…no matter the color of our skin, we all have the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same Almighty God.
We must love each other, show affection for each other, and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence.
We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.
Racism is Evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs. Including the KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.
We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our creator. We are equal under the law. And we are equal under our Constitution.
Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.
[He addressed the three people who lost their lives that day (the victim of the automobile attack, and two police officers who died in a helicopter crash) before continuing…]
In times such as these, America has always shown its true character: responding to hate with love, division with unity, and violence with an unwavering resolve for justice.
As a candidate, I promised to restore law and order to our country, and our federal law enforcement agencies, are following through on that pledge.
We will spare no resource in fighting so that every American child can grow up free from violence and fear. We will defend and protect the sacred rights of all Americans, and we will work together so that every citizen in this blessed land is free to follow their dreams their hearts and to express the love and joy in their souls.
Thank you, God Bless You, and God Bless America.
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This both condemned those who would strike division in our midst, and went further than that…
Our President’s speech reminded us all exactly WHY we are equal.
We are equal in the eyes of our Creator. (Moral Value)
We are equal under the law. (Legal status)
We are equal under the Constitution. (Every American is first and foremost a Citizen, neither MORE than that, nor less than that.)
This is where our focus must turn if we have any hope to restore the social fabric of our nation.
It is easy to tear at that fabric, any coward can do so. But to repair it takes moral courage and dedication to a higher cause.
President Trump is calling us to return to that point where we all stand as equals. That thing that transcends our politics, whether we are urban or rural, Blue State or Red State, drive a Prius or a pickup. Those things are all secondary.
President Trump calls us to remember the American birthright given to ALL of us by our forefathers.
We do not live in a country defined by Kings and Counts, by lords and ladies. We need not live in a country of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’.
America, for all her faults and failings, has one thing different from all other nations.
Not white privilege, black privilege, male privilege, or female privilege.
AMERICAN privilege. E. Pluribus. Unum.
THAT is our strength. If we have the courage to seize it.