Violence broke out after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia which left at least one person dead and 19 injured. The news rattled America but President Donald Trump denied to condemn the white supremacist’s perpetrators who fueled his rise to the presidency.
Trump’s deafening silence on the issue received a widespread rebuke, but legendary journalist and anchor Dan Rather’s response speaks louder.
Rather in his usual way published a Facebook post to condemn Trump’s silence on the violence. Due to Rather’s decades of experience in journalism of American progress, his Facebook post throws light on the urgent concerns and stresses the importance of American values, as he watches this painful national regression.
His powerful words are below:
What has unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia today is a national tragedy fueled by bigotry, white nationalism, and home has grown terrorism.
Freedom of speech is not a license for the incitement of violence. And the neo-Nazis and KKK members who gathered are anathemas to everything this country should stand for.
For too long President Trump was silent. But when he did speak his refusal to call out the hatred for what it is, and his general message of false equivalence was disgusting and counterproductive. “This egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.” That’s a dangerous misrepresentation of history from a politician who has bigotry as a large part of his base.
All decent Americans of all political persuasions cannot allow these actions to remain unchallenged – both the hatred on display in Charlottesville and the rhetoric of the President.