observations and opinion
If anyone went to Charlottesville looking to start a fight with the Nazis, fascists and other scum assembled last weekend, they were wrong to do so. If anyone provoked a Nazi, fascist or other such scum to violence, or initiated a fight, they were wrong to do so. Of course.
But why is President Trump -and why are WE – talking about “violence on both sides” on the day after the funeral for the woman mowed down by a Nazi terrorist?
Trump wants to deflect blame from the racist, fascist alt-right protesters whom he (a) agrees with on some issues and (b) cherishes as supporters. And he wants to avoid insulting those racist, fascist alt-right protesters who are his friends. Thirdly, Trump wants to change the topic, from a discussion of the violent racism endemic to alt-right Confederacy cultism to… anything else.
Hence the deflection to the “violence” issue: the antifa people were violent, we are told; violence is bad, we are told; if we don’t blame them for their actions, we are “condoning” or “trivializing” violence, we are told.
This is why the “violence on both sides” complaint from Trump and his friends, is total bullshit:
The United States permits people to defend themselves against attack, or the theft of their property, by use of physical force including the use of firearms. Nobody is more attached to those rights than the supporters of President Trump.
This is not a justification or condonation of violence. I think the “stand your ground” laws and the grotesque Second Amendment interpretations, are insane. I think physical violence, when not being perpetrated by lawful authority to protect civilians, is almost always wrong.
That’s what I think, but it sure as hell isn’t what Donald Trump thinks.
Trump has no problem with violence at all. He has admitted to committing sexual assault (remember?) And he has publicly urged people to attack his opponents, and applauded them for doing so.
Trump and his crowd love violence – if it is aimed at people they don’t care about, or don’t like. That’s why he is so tepid and robotic criticizing his Nazi friends, and that’s why he is so eager to blame the anti-fascists whom he hates. He is a mind-boggling hypocrite.
And every time Trump or one of his people repeat the lie about “violence on both sides”, you can just play the tapes.