It is no surprise that the left is using the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville on Saturday to pile on President Donald Trump and blame him for it.
But what is a surprise is the friendly fire he’s receiving from the right. Including from one of his most influential supporters, The Drudge Report.
The conservative news aggregation website led with the headline “Make America Hate Again!”
The headline links to a story on the Daily Mail that reported on the protests, counter protests and the car attack that led to the death of 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer.
The inference seems to be that President Trump is somehow responsible if a hateful bigot decides to kill.
And Drudge was far from the only entity on the right that took this position.
The talking heads on networks like CNN and MSNBC droned on for hours about the president needing to make a statement, even before anyone was killed, and after his statement how they, predictably lambasted him for not saying what they wanted.
Many of the same people who insisted that former President Obama was correct for not calling radical Islamic terrorism by name, straight-faced called on President Trump to call out white supremacy by name, and so many prominent on the right fell in line behind that call.
Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 12, 2017
What ” WhiteNatjonalist” are doing in Charlottesville is homegrown terrorism that can’t be tolerated anymore that what Any extremist does
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) August 12, 2017
We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 12, 2017
Mr. President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017
If you say we have to call radical Islamic terror by its name, you have to also call white supremacist violence by its name #consistency
— Kat Timpf (@KatTimpf) August 13, 2017
Terrorists have names. We demanded @BarackObama say, Radical Islamic terrorism. @realDonaldTrump should say Neo-Nazi/White supremacist.
— Lawrence B.Jones III (@LawrenceBJones3) August 12, 2017
And noted “Republican” haters of President Trump couldn’t miss the opportunity to chime in.
And Mr. President, call it by its name! “WHITE SUPREMACIST TERRORISM” https://t.co/3Q8IJHUjhP
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 12, 2017
This is not “many sides”. It’s White Supremacist Terrorism. The President of the United States does not have the spine to say so. Shameful. https://t.co/AgGohzr5Pr
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 12, 2017
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