The Blame Game
Regarding Mr. Delmer’s article “Trump’s Response To Storm Is Not Presidential” — he states he has zero respect for President Trump. That’s OK, I have enough respect for both of us. You would not support a Republican president under any circumstances. Trump’s budget calls for cutting 200,000 government jobs. Being a government employee therein lies your rub.
This is what he said on August 12, 2017, “The hate and division must stop. And must stop right now,” “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country.” So you are basing your reasoning that he supports white supremacy and other hate groups because he did not say which “sides” he was referring to, or whose hatred and bigotry he was condemning? Like his press secretary once said “If the President put Russian dressing on his salad there would be controversy.”
Quit living in the past. Viola Liuzzo was killed March 25, 1965 and at the age of 39. She was a white civil rights activist and was murdered by the KKK. What’s your point? Heather Heyer was not one of the victims that went flying through the air when the car accident happened. According to her mother she died from a heart attack.
Do you think it’s OK for Barack Obama to invite Louis Farrakhan to the White House even though he is a Jewish hater and a white hater? Do you think that helps racial tensions? Couldn’t that be construed as supporting violence? Was no explanation from Barack Obama good enough for you?
Do you think it’s OK for Barack Obama to invite Al Sharpton to the White House about 70 times? A person who has built a lucrative career on hate and racial conflagration. A serial racial arsonist, liar and demagogue. A person who admitted privately to one of his top aides that he didn’t believe Tswana Bradley’s story about being raped by six white men. Do you think that helps racial tensions? Couldn’t that be construed as supporting violence. Was no explanation from the Obama administration good enough for you?
Do you think it’s OK for Barack Obama to invite Jeremiah Wright to the White House, a white hater and America hater? Do you think that helps racial tensions? Couldn’t that be construed as supporting violence? Was no explanation from Barack Obama good enough for you?
Do you think it’s OK for Barack Obama to invite Black Lives Matter to the White House even though they chant “pigs in a blanket fry, em like bacon”? Do you think Black Lives Matter is talking violence against white police officers or black officers? Couldn’t that be construed as supporting violence by Barack Obama? Do you think the Obama administration explained sufficiently why he invited these violent people to the White House?
Do you think it’s OK for Barack Obama to condemn the Missouri city of Ferguson for oppressive and abusive actions against African Americans, accusing police and court officials of racial bias before having all the facts? Couldn’t that could be construed as supporting violence against police which many felt escalated law enforcement killings?
Do you think it’s OK for Vice President Joe Biden to warn an African-American audience that Republicans would “put ya all back in chains” during the 2000 campaign? Do you think that kind of incendiary and hateful rhetoric has nothing to do with splitting people apart? Couldn’t that be construed as supporting violence? Was no explanation by Barack Obama good enough for you?
Do you have any concept at all that someone else might be responsible for the increase in hate violence? Or do you follow the foolish reasoning from other writers that Trump supporters are ignorant people. Remember, that is what Johnathan Gruber and Barack Obama thought of the you. If I believed for one minute, and I don’t, the propaganda spued by you and Jeffery Victor I would not be defending the President. When Obama was elected in 2008, many Americans (black and white) hoped that racial conflict in the country would calm. Instead, precisely the reverse seems to have occurred.
So, as you say “simply put, there are no two sides to the issue — it is totally anti-American to support or enable supremacy or hate groups.” Well, how many America haters, race baiters and hate groups has President Trump, wined and dined and entertained? There are always two sides to any issue. How do you square the fact that after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in his shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin, local rioters in Los Angeles began stomping on cars, looting, breaking windows, and assaulting people? President Obama said “My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Couldn’t that be construed as supporting violence?
Then we have the Oscar Grant riots. In 2009 police officer Johannes Mehserle shot black transit passenger Oscar Grant in Oakland, Calif. Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter rioters took advantage of the situation anyway, trashing police cars, vandalizing local businesses, attacking police officers, and just hurting people who had nothing to do with the situation. I would like to know how you would square these two incidents and who you feel is responsible when you play the blame game.
Bruce Piatz is a Jamestown resident.