As Nazis and other right-wing, white supremacists marched through Charlottesville, Virginia, crying about the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a domestic terrorist drove a car into an anti-racist crowd, killing at least one person and injuring nearly two dozen more. This so-called protest is proof positive that the white-nationalist-in-chief, Donald Trump, and his white-supremacist minions, Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon, are having a nasty effect on our population, and Trump only made it worse when he pretended to condemn what happened.
The problem isn’t one of free speech. The problem is the preaching of hate, because hate leads to violence. And Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe isn’t having it. He’s angry, as well he should be. Authorities had already declared the “protest” to be an unlawful assembly due to the violence, and he loudly and bluntly condemned the right-wing hate groups the way that Donald Trump should have and the way a real president would have:
“I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple: Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretended to be patriots…but you are anything but a patriot.”
McAuliffe went on to invoke our founding fathers, and how they brought our country together. He also invoked the military, saying that our men and women serving overseas and putting their lives on the line are the true patriots:
“They are patriots. You are not. You came here today to hurt people. And you did hurt people.”
It’s what comes next that’s the true kicker, though, and it kicks Trump right in the teeth over his pathetic, “I need my white peeps so I can get re-elected but I also have to look good” response to all of this. Watch McAuliffe do what a real leader does below:
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