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Here’s what’s going on in Charlottesville, and what Trump has to say about it

Not a lot, shockingly

It all started on Friday, when white nationalists gathered at the University of Virginia to protest the removal of a statue of a confederate general.

The Confederacy is a racist little group of eleven states that all have one thing in common: they have a deep history in slave-owning.

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So, it seems about right that the town would decide that, actually, having a statue of a massive racist in one of their public parks is a little bit outdated, and pretty damn offensive.

But, of course, this is Trump's America. So naturally, a huge crowd of white nationalists swarmed the university campus after dark with lit torches (very KKK) to protest the removal of the statue. They were shouting "you will not replace us", "Jew will not replace us" (what the hell?), and "white lives matter".

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Jason Kessler, the scumbag who organised the whole thing and obviously just CAN'T catch a break, described it as "an incredible moment for white people who've had it up to here and aren't going to take it anymore." Sorry – what? Aren't going to take WHAT anymore? Having to be respectful to people? Having to NOT be racist? Damn, ain't life hard when you're not allowed to be racist?

So that was Friday. Then yesterday was the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, where protesters shouted the same thing, and turned extremely violent towards the counter-protesters.

Rocks and bottles were thrown, pepper spray was used, two people were injured and one now, horrifyingly, is dead after a car rammed into a group of the counter-protesters.

Now, isn't it strange that this sort of thing has been happening a lot more since Trump's election? Well, no. Not at all. Despite the fact that his far right, 'Make America Great Again' rhetoric is definitely a big factor in causing these white nationalists to crawl out from under the woodwork, Trump tweeted this in response:

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It's unclear from his tweet who he's actually talking about. Is he calling on America to condemn the counter-protesters for technically starting the violence? Or is he condemning the white supremacists who are clearly the ones standing for hate? Also what the hell is he talking about, going on about uniting America when he literally wants to build a wall between North America and Central America?

He then tweeted this extremely non-commital tweet an hour later:

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"Ummm yeah, so I'm having meetings, erm, we're gonna make things better, and the whole violent protest thing is sad. OK bye!"

He then delivered the most half assed speech in the world, that didn't seem to resolve anything or express any kind of opinion on the fact that a bunch of hateful neo-Nazis were literally attacking and killing people for disagreeing with their racist ideas.

In his speech he said:

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time."

On many sides?!

He's completely failing to recognise that actually, this is very much a one-sided thing. Only one side are trying to bring back nazism, fly the Confederate flag and the swastika, and say that literally anyone who isn't white isn't welcome in America. Y'know, the kind of violent hatred he SHOULD be condemning.

Then, after a woman was confirmed dead, he tweeted this:

Her family need more than condolences, babes. They need a hell of a lot more than that. And "best regards"?! Really?! Is this a job application email?! The lack of shits given is truly astounding.

It's disgusting that a President who was elected for "saying it like it is" isn't doing that. He's not being the blunt, to the point politician that people voted for. He's created an even bigger divide in his country, and now he's watching it burn, with not a single fuck given.

Sadly, with a president like THAT, this definitely won't be the last of it.

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