President Trump just signed a document completely undermining the mainstream media narrative that the newly-elected commander supports the alt-right.
President Trump defied Democrats and signed a resolution condemning the violence and bigotry displayed by the white supremacists and neo-Nazis at the infamous Charlottesville, Virginia protests that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Hyer, reports Politico.
Earlier this week, Congress passed a joint resolution “[c]ondemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia.”
The resolution honored the sacrifice of the two helicopter pilots who died monitoring the violent clash. The resolution also called on President Trump to denounce these hate groups.
President Trump generated strong reactions immediately after the Charlottesville attacks, receiving both criticism and praise for condemning violence on many sides. Critics contended that President Trump was attempting to create a moral equivocation between white supremacists and counter protestors, while supporters appreciated the president attracting attention to the violence posed by Anti-fa.
Anti-fa, short for Anti-fascist, are a militant wing of the “resistance” against President Trump. The movement can trace their roots back to clashes between communists and fascists in post-World War 1 Germany.
Antifa only became prominent in America over the last year, and are known for protesting against conservative speakers on college campuses. Anti-fa are also anti-capitalist anarchist communists, and their rallies regularly end in violence, reports the Daily Wire.
On Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that President Trump would release a statement condemning white supremacist violence, shortly after Congress passed their joint resolution. Huckabee Sanders added that President Trump “was clear in his initial statement” when he condemned “hatred, bigotry, racism of all forms.”
Still, President Trump defied the Democrats expectations, and signed a resolution condemning the actions of white supremacists. “As Americans, we condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms,” read the letter signed by President Trump and released by Sarah Huckabee late Thursday. “No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God.”
Despite signing the resolution condemning white supremacy, President Trump remains adamant that all political violence is unacceptable, regardless of motivation. “I think, especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what’s going on there, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that’s what I said,” President Trump told reporters from Air Force One on Thursday.
“Now because of what’s happened since then with Antifa, when you look at really what’s happened since Charlottesville, a lot of people are saying — and people have actually written — ‘Gee, Trump may have a point,’” he continued.
Like President Trump, most Americans are put off by the tactics of both Anti-fa and the white supremacists. The vast majority of Americans do not fall in the extreme of the political spectrum, and we view actions of both anti-fa and white supremacists as abhorrent.