After the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, liberals in the White House and the media swiftly criticized Trump for supposedly sympathizing with white supremacists in his statements.
In an interview with Sean Hannity, former governor Mike Huckabee discussed the sudden onslaught of identity politics from the Left. Huckabee stated that for those on the Left to call Trump and other Republicans in the White House “neo-Nazis” is “absurd” and “borders on the insane,” and wondered if those individuals “need to be institutionalized.”
The controversy comes from the blanket media coverage of the response Trump gave immediately following the violence in Charlottesville, according to Newsweek. The president denounced the violence perpetrated by both the white supremacists and anti-protesters saying, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides. On many sides.”
Democrats and some Republicans attacked the statement for not singling out the white supremacists by name and for criticizing the anti-protesters for the violence they committed.
Vice President Mike Pence bashed the media for focusing more on the statement than the horrific act: “I take issue with the fact that many in the national media spent more time criticizing the president’s words than they did criticizing those that perpetrated the violence to begin with.”
Hannity echoed this statement in a monologue he released Tuesday, according to Mediaite. He criticized the press, saying, “All weekend long, I, like many of you watched the media going insane, acting like they didn’t know what the president was talking about…Well, it couldn’t be more obvious, more transparent who the president was talking about. He was standing for equal justice under the law against racism.”
He went on to further criticize the media for failing to cover the real story because they were too focused on attacking Trump. “It was crystal clear what the president was talking about, but the press – they went after him anyway,” Hannity said. “They didn’t care about the violence seemingly, or the racial tensions they’re creating, or the civil unrest as much as they cared about using this tragedy as an opportunity to attack people they disagree with and in particular the president to try and inflict as much damage politically as possible.”
Huckabee, in his interview with Hannity, said the insanity stems from the fact “they have never been able to accept that Donald Trump was elected by the American people to be president of the United States.”
Mike Huckabee said that accusations of racism and neo-Nazism are an attempt by the Left to get rid of the President. Do you think the Left is trying to remove Trump from office?
He went on to warn that these accusations of racism and neo-Nazism are an attempt by the Left “to get rid of the duly-elected president of the United States. They couldn’t beat him in the ballot box so they are going to try to find a way to literally take him out of office no matter what it takes.”
The deaths that occurred as a result of the Charlottesville violence are a tragedy that deserves to be responsibly covered and given greater media attention. The current obsession with using the president’s response to try to label him a racist is an affront to the memories of those people whose lives were lost.
The media needs to move past its ridiculously political narrative and return to covering what happened and how it can be prevented in the future. That’s the real story here.