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After someone crashed a car into a crowd protesting a neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one and injuring 10, Donald Trump offered a strong condemnation of "this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides -- on many sides." At no point in the comments did the man who insisted that we can't fight terrorism without saying "Islam" a lot actually mention white nationalists, neo-Nazis, or the KKK, because you wouldn't want to start pointing fingers or anything.

There's just a lot of hatred in the world, and, as Our President said,

It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, it's been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society, and no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time.

Yep, won't someone think about the children at risk from violence that had nothing to do with what happened in Charlottesville? We'll assume Trump was talking about children being shot down in the streets of Chicago, for balance. Because there's a lot of anger and hate on many sides, you know. Law and order is what we need.

Say, should anyone in particular be condemned for this? Certainly: those on all sides who hate. Not the organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally or even the murderer who smashed at high speed into a crowd of people there to condemn hatred, because after all, as David Duke reminded his president earlier today, he owes a good part of his victory to them:

Trump said he'd spoken to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and that the two of them agreed that the "hate and division must stop, and must stop right now." We'll go out on a limb and guess that perhaps McAuliffe might have said something a little more specific about the source of the hatred on display in Charlottesville, maybe.

Trump continued, "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation, and really I say this so strongly, true affection for each other."

And then he was pretty much done with Charlottesville, and on to what a great place America is now that he's president:

Our country is doing well in so many ways. We have record employment, we have unemployment the lowest it's been in almost 17 years; we have companies pouring into our country, Foxconn and car companies and so many others, they're coming back. We're renegotiating trade deals to make them great for our country and great for the American worker. We have so many incredible things happening in our country, so when i watch Charlottesville, to me it's very, very sad.

How can there be such division and hatred when America is the most prosperous it's ever been, thanks to bribing a company to open a factory in Wisconsin that will maybe make up its tax incentives in 25 years?

Still, when it comes right down to it, we're all Americans, whether we're trying to preserve a Confederate statue, driving a car into a crowd, or flying off the hood of a Dodge Charger Challenger driven by someone who finally gets to run over some protesters just like the meme said:

No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we're proud of our country, we're proud of who we are, so we want to get this situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it and we want to see what we're doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen.

Of course, some people love different flags, like the ones of Nazi Germany and the Army of Northern Virginia. They're Americans too, and Donald Trump certainly wasn't going to say anything unkind about them.

Trump then got on to the important business of doing his Veterans Administration bill thing; after saying he wants to heal the wounds of Charlottesville (whoever might have inflicted them, no need to say that) he signed the bill and completely ignored questions from reporters asking him whether he'd condemn white supremacists or call the vehicular attack "terrorism." Don't be silly, the car wasn't driven by a Muslim.

You know who actually did condemn the white supremacists? Mike Idiot Huckabee:

And Marco Rubio, too, who named the problem:

Update: A little later, Rubio followed up with a call for the president to call the Charlottesville attack what it really was:

And no, neither Huckabee nor Rubio would ever concede their party has a long history of dog whistles intended to inflame those very racists and get their votes. But at least they had a small thimbleful more honesty than the president, who just loves all Americans.

In conclusion, the President sure does wish people would stop being so hateful and violent, for whatever reason. Next, we'll look for a statement condemning the property damage done to that nice Dodge Charger Challenger by the flying bodies of protesters getting in its way.

[Axios / WaPo / WaPo]

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