President Trump held an impromptu press conference today to address plans for his infrastructure proposal, but the media quickly veered off this topic in order to once again criticize the president for not meeting their standards when issuing a statement regarding the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday.
True to the mainstream media’s biased habits, they showed little interest in Trump’s infrastructure plan, which would help millions of Americans and I imagine would be much more important to the average voter than the media’s attempts to criticize Trump.
Once again, the media lambasted Trump, claiming he did not respond forcefully enough in his initial statement condemning the “violence on the both sides” during the protest in Charlottesville. This prompted the president to again issue a statement on Monday condemning the “KKK” and “neo-Nazis”, just as the media wanted. However, it’s never enough when you’re a Republican, as the media then claimed it was too little too late.
It’s not actually about Trump’s actual statement to the media, but rather their ongoing quest to find an angle in which to attack the president. This means, if you are a Republican, that when the media demands you apologize for whatever imagined slight they accuse you of, or they demand a revised statement, it will never appease them. Instead, it only encourages them to attack the Republican even more, especially if his name is Donald Trump.
The press pounced on Trump like jackals as soon as he opened up the conference to questions, asking him about his original statement on the protest, prompting the president to point out that the “Unite the Right” group had a permit to protest, and violence didn’t erupt until Antifa and Alt-Left agitators arrived.
“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent and nobody wants to say that but I’ll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit. They were very violent,” the president said.
Trump then said he did not want to jump to conclusions, as Obama’s administration often did, and was waiting for more information to be released.
“I didn’t wait long. I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement,” the president said.
“The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement, but you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the fact. It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts. And it’s a very, very important process to me. And it’s a very important statement. So I don’t want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement. I want to know the facts.”
“What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.”
“I’m not putting anybody on a moral plane. You had one group on one side, and you had a group on the other side,” Trump said. Observing the clashes that took place on Saturday morning, Trump added that liberal counter-protesters which included antifa protesters “violently attacked the other group.”
“I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it,” Trump said. “And you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent.”
“And nobody wants to say that. But I’ll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent.”
Then, a reporter tried to spring a loaded question to the president, asking him if he “believes white supremacists were treated unfairly.”
President Trump responded by saying, “You had a lot of people in that group who were there to innocently protest and very legally protest. I don’t know if you know. They had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit. So I only tell you have. There are two sides to a story.”
Pres. Trump on Charlottesville: “There’s blame on both sides…you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.” pic.twitter.com/ayX9eHABsN
— ABC News (@ABC) August 15, 2017
In fact, only a small portion of the Unite the Right protest was made up of racist, neo-Nazi groups. Despite the vile and misguided beliefs of these groups, Trump is right in pointing out that they have a right to peacefully assemble in the United States. The counter protesters also have a right to peacefully assemble, although when these counter protests involve the left, they are rarely peacefully anymore.
Groups like Antifa actively teach their members to “punch a Nazi”, which could be understandable if they were referring to actually Nazi’s, but their definition of a fascist is anyone who is a conservative, supports an America First agenda or voted for Donald Trump.
Trump then pointed out the aggressive movement to eliminate historical monuments that the left finds offensive and asked, “Are we going to take down statues of George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?”
President Trump: “George Washington was a slave owner… Are we gonna take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?” pic.twitter.com/bUJnbaniwL
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 15, 2017
The fact is, “hate speech” is still protected speech in America, as are parts of the nation’s history that the left finds offensive, such as the Confederacy. Any statues or images that portray Confederate generals, are deemed racist and are to be removed forever.
President Trump’s question and answer session with the bias press can be viewed below:
Standing your ground and refusing to give into the liberal media’s attacks is the only effective strategy for Trump, as their goal isn’t to report the policies that mean the most to Americans (such as a massive infrastructure plan or healthcare), but rather to try and chip away at Trump’s support base in order to ultimately oust him from office.
No hate group can hold a candle to what the alt-left has become today, and they only get away with it because of the protection they receive from the mainstream media and their ability to disguise their hate as political correctness.