Daily Archives: August 14, 2017

Witness To Race Riots In Charlottesville: “We Must Not Play Into Stereotypes Of The MSM”

Trump tells Fox he’s considering pardon for ‘Sheriff Joe’ Arpaio

“He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration”

Fake News CNN Claims Trump Didn’t Condemn Charlottesville Hate Groups – He Did.

President issued strong condemnation violence and hate on day of rally

From his golf course in New Jersey, Trump again forcefully condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said. “It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday also strongly rebuked violence and hate specifically from white supremacist hate groups.

“We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo Nazis or the KKK,” Pence told NBC News.

Another CNN headline published the same day seemingly contradicted the later article, stating in its headline that Trump condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”

On Monday the president held a press conference in which he again condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence.”

“To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable, justice will be delivered. As I said on Saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.

It has no place in America.

And as I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws. We all salute the same great flag and we are all made by the same almighty God. We must love each other, show affection for each other and unite together in condemnation of hatred bigotry and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.

Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal, we are equal in the eyes of our creator, we are equal under the law and we are equal under our Constitution.

Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.

CNN and the media’s rush to demonize the president in the wake of the tragedy is exemplary of the establishment’s contempt for the president, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee summarized Sunday.

“If Donald Trump had suddenly jumped on Marine One and flown the helicopter down to Charlottesville, walked into the jail where the young man was being held, and shot him between the eyes, I guarantee there’d have been people who said he didn’t use the right caliber bullet,” Huckabee told Fox and Friends.

“Let’s just be clear, there are irrational Trump haters in this country – and I say irrational with emphasis – they cannot get over the fact that he is president. No matter what the man says or does, they’re gonna find a way to twist it in some way to say that it should have been done differently. Donald Trump I thought was very explicitly clear in condemning what happened. And the fact is he will never satisfy those who hate his every word.”

Attack Venezuela? Trump Can’t be Serious!

Is Trump taking a page from Obama’s failed regime change policy for Syria and declaring that ‘Maduro must go’?

Police ‘Stand Down’ Fueled Fire of Violence In Virginia

Police ‘Stand Down’ Fueled Fire of Violence In Virginia

The two groups of protesters were pushed toward each other by law enforcement

Police ‘Stand Down’ Fueled Fire of Violence In Virginia

Once again a liberal city fuels disorder and civil unrest in order to foster a violent situation and create a reason to crack down on free speech.

Google’s Worst Nightmare

News We Broke: Charlottesville Police Called Off When Violence Began

As we reported in real time, the police stood down as violence erupted

Read the FULL STORY on Newswars.com

Exclusive: Elite Stage Race War To Enslave America

Exclusive: Elite Stage Race War To Enslave America

Exclusive: Elite Stage Race War To Enslave America

Alex Jones breaks down the possible false flag between Antifa and White Nationalists, pushed by Soros in Charlottesville.

MSNBC: ‘We Have A Racist As A President”

News network all blame Trump for Charlottesville violence

Following the violence at the weekend, and specifically the attack with a car on protesters, which killed at least one person and left several injured, the President said “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.”

“We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation—and I say this so strongly—true affection for each other,” Trump added.

Detractors suggested that Trump was not specific enough in condemning white supremacists, which led to a later statement being issued by the White House saying that the President condemns “white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.”

Some Trump supporters claimed that the President was referring to the fact that violence was carried out by both right wing and left wing agitators, which was confirmed by Virginia State police:

VA Police Spox Corinne Geller to @dougmckelway on @ANHQDC: describes the earlier violence, people throwing ” soda cans with cement in them”

Other media talking heads and hosts piled in on blaming Trump for the violence.

On CBS’ Face the Nation guest Jamelle Bouie argued that if one was looking for the “roots” of the attack, “you don’t have to look very far from the White House”:

ABC, commentator Cokie Roberts said that “The President has to share responsibility,” adding “The fact is, through that campaign, he blew all kind of whistles that those of us who grew up in the Jim Crow south, like I did, recognized immediately. It was just calling out to these white supremacists who then felt empowered by it.”

NBC anchor Anchor Willie Geist complained that “President Trump condemned the violence there on Saturday but he did not specifically speak to the white nationalism that was on display.”

Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell added that “The President also did not respond to questions, including one about the political support he enjoys among some white supremacists.”

Chuck Todd also chimed in stating “Look, you can’t say it’s anything other than deliberate.”

CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted out that “These are the consequences of sanitizing white supremacists who seek to be rebranded as part of American ‘right.’ They are peddling hatred.”

Jim Acosta

@Acosta

These are the consequences of sanitizing white supremacists who seek to be rebranded as part of American “right.” They are peddling hatred.

 

Jim Acosta @Acosta

Note the President using the term “many sides.” Given the chance, he didn’t condemn these white supremacists and neo-Nazis by name. https://twitter.com/acosta/status/896458020129034245 

 
NBC and CNN featured the Charlottesville, Virginia Democratic Mayor Michael Signer, who wasted little time in putting the blame squarely on Trump:

 “Well, look at the campaign he ran. I mean, look at the intentional courting, both on the one hand of all these white supremacists, white nationalists, a group like that, anti-Semitic groups, and then look on the other hand the repeated failure to step up, condemn, denounce, silence, you know, put to bed all those different efforts, just like we saw yesterday.” Signer said.

VIDEO: Charlottesville Rally Organizer Chased, Beaten By Mob During Press Conference

Police forced to escort Kessler away from violent leftists

 Police were forced to escort Kessler away from his attackers.

‘Why Are You Normalizing Nazis?’ NYT Reporter Lambasted For Reporting On Leftist Violence

“The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right.”

Sheryl Gay Stolberg @SherylNYT

A few wrap-it-up thoughts from Charlottesville: 1. Striking how many of the white nationalists were young people, almost entirely men. 1/3

2. The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right. I saw club-wielding “antifa” beating white nationalists being led out of the park 2/2

Sheryl Gay Stolberg @SherylNYT

2. The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right. I saw club-wielding “antifa” beating white nationalists being led out of the park 2/2

3. Among my unanswered questions: police response. Why did things get out of hand so quickly? Could violence have been prevented? 3/3

For accurately reporting what she personally witnessed, Stolberg was accused of advancing Nazism.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg

@SherylNYT

Yes, fair enough. See my TL for a correction

Sheryl Gay Stolberg @SherylNYT

2. The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right. I saw club-wielding “antifa” beating white nationalists being led out of the park 2/2

You are fucking kidding me right??? Victim blaming much? Statements like this are dangerous and clueless.

Andrew K @imscavok

Remember that officials tried to change the venue to a more manageable location due to the growing numbers and likelihood for violence

2) Don’t buy into the false equivalency like Trump and sympathizers. Only one group would commit genocide against the other if given power

Lana Del Raytheon @LanaDelRaytheon

glad to see the person covering race and social issues at the new york times believes neo-nazis and the people they kill are the same https://twitter.com/SherylNYT/status/896575560650035200 

After facing leftist backlash, Stolberg fell all over herself apologizing for her accurate reporting.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg

@SherylNYT

Rule Number One of Twitter: Never opine. Rule Number Two: See rule number one.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg @SherylNYT

Rethinking this. Should have said violent, not hate-filled. They were standing up to hate. https://twitter.com/sherylnyt/status/896575560650035200 

Hilary Goodfriend @HilaryGoodfrien

Thank you for recognizing the danger in these easy equivalencies

Everyone makes mistakes. The key is owning up to them and correcting, not covering them up.

Of course, her apology was not good enough:

Sheryl Gay Stolberg

@SherylNYT

Everyone makes mistakes. The key is owning up to them and correcting, not covering them up.

everyone makes mistakes but FYI not everyone congratulates themselves for it. Way to fan the flames with your thoughtlessness.

Scaramucci: Elements Within Washington and White House Are Trying to ‘Eject’ Trump

“It’s almost like he’s opened up the door now for America’s CEOs and America’s billionaires to enter the Washington political system.”

Scaramucci. who served less than two weeks before getting fired in the wake of a profanity-laden interview with the New Yorker, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday for his first interview since his dismissal.

Scaramucci discussed with host George Stephanopoulos the competing elements in the White House and how some people are afraid to tell Trump the truth, as well as the continuing problem of White House leakers.

Stephanopoulos said he felt Scaramucci was describing a “hornet’s nest” of sorts within the Trump administration.

“The president is not a representative of the political establishment class, and so for whatever reason, people have made a decision that they want to eject him,” Scaramucci said. “It’s almost like he’s opened up the door now for America’s CEOs and America’s billionaires to enter the Washington political system. The members of that political class do not like that.”

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Huckabee: Trump would still be criticized if he shot Charlottesville driver ‘between the eyes’

“I guarantee you people would say he didn’t use the right caliber bullet.”

Seattle: Riot police open up with flashbang grenades and pepper spray on antifa

Anti-fascist groups, Black Lives Matter supporters and others gathered in cities in states from coast to coast

In many cities the events were loud but peaceable – however, things took a nasty turn in Seattle, Washington, when antifascist protesters were blocked from reaching a pro-Trump ‘Freedom Rally’ in Westlake Park.

The antifascist group – some holding signs with anarchy symbols – faced off with police in riot gear and sprayed them with Silly String.

 

RIGHT NOW: Tense scene in Seattle as police deploy flash bangs and pepper spray

POLICE ‘STAND DOWN’ BLAMED FOR VIRGINIA CHAOS

Hurt and Angry, Charlottesville Tries to Regroup From Violence

“Jason Kessler has been bringing hate to our town for months and has been endangering the lives of people of color and endangering other lives in my community,” the man, Jeff Winder, said in an interview later. “Free speech does not protect hate speech.”

But if Charlottesville was grieving on Sunday, it was also questioning. Governor McAuliffe fiercely defended the police in an impromptu sidewalk interview, noting that many of the demonstrators were armed, and saying the officers had done “great work” in a “very delicate situation.” And he said Ms. Heyer’s death, which he called “car terrorism,” could not have been prevented.

“You can’t stop some crazy guy who came here from Ohio and used his car as a weapon,” Governor McAuliffe said. “He is a terrorist.”

But others, including Mr. Kessler and Ms. Caine-Conley, openly wondered if the violence could have been prevented.

“There was no police presence,” Ms. Caine-Conley said. “We were watching people punch each other; people were bleeding all the while police were inside of barricades at the park, watching. It was essentially just brawling on the street and community members trying to protect each other.”

 
A memorial for the victims in Charlottesville. Credit Edu Bayer for The New York Times

Many cities, among them St. Louis and New Orleans, have wrestled with what to do about Confederate monuments. Like them, Charlottesville — the home of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 — has been navigating tricky terrain. As Mayor Mike Signer asked in an interview Sunday, “How do you reconcile public safety and the First Amendment?”

Saturday was not the first time that white nationalists and white supremacists had rallied in Charlottesville. In May, Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist and a graduate of the University of Virginia, led a torch-lit rally here, and last month, the Ku Klux Klan came from North Carolina.

Sensing there might be trouble, the city tried to deny Mr. Kessler’s group a permit for Emancipation Park; officials wanted the gathering in a larger park, where they felt they could better control the crowd. But on Friday evening, a judge sided with Mr. Kessler. Mayor Signer would later lament on Twitter that it was a fateful turn of events.

“This is EXACTLY why City tried to change venue to McIntire,” he wrote.

On Saturday morning at sunrise, faith leaders and scores of counterprotesters — some from the Black Lives Matter movement, others from groups like Showing Up for Racial Justice — gathered at First Baptist Church, a historically African-American church here. Around 8 a.m., they started massing for a march downtown, toward Emancipation Park.

Across town, the white nationalists were gathering for their own trek to Emancipation Park, for a rally that was not supposed to begin until noon. “I’m tired of seeing white people pushed around,” said one man, Ted, who refused to give his last name.

By the time both groups converged on the park, a line of camouflage-clad militia members toting assault rifles were standing outside the park, looking very much like an invading army. “They had better equipment than our State Police had,” Mr. McAuliffe said.

As the white nationalists massed in the park, Ms. Caine-Conley and other members of the clergy locked arms in the street. Behind them were hundreds of protesters, including black-clad, helmet-wearing members of the far left known as antifa.

Brian Moran, Virginia’s secretary of public safety and homeland security, was watching the events from a command post on the sixth floor of a Wells Fargo bank on the downtown mall. There were sporadic fights. “I compare it to hockey,” he said. “Often in hockey there are sporadic fights, and then they separate.”

Suddenly, people were throwing water bottles, some filled with urine. Some used pepper spray; from his perch on the sixth floor, Mr. Moran saw smoke bombs being thrown. People started clubbing one another. The clergy retreated to a “safe house” — a restaurant nearby.

But according to many witnesses, the police waited to intervene. Ms. Caine-Conley called it “fascinating and appalling.”

Mr. Kessler, too, complained.

In a statement, he said the authorities had “exacerbated the violence” by failing to separate his followers from counterprotesters. He said his group had “networked with law enforcement officials” months ago on a plan for maintaining safety, which he said was not followed, and he called the police “underequipped for the situation.”

At 11:22 a.m. Mr. Moran called the governor and asked him to declare a state of emergency. Mr. McAuliffe did so. Asked why the police did not do more to control the brawling, Mr. Moran said, “It was a volatile situation and it’s unfortunate people resorted to violence.”

“But,” he said, “from our plan, to ensure the safety of our citizens and property, it went extremely well.”

Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the State Police, said, “It may have looked like a lot of our folks were standing around,” because of the sheer number of officers on the scene, but “there were other troopers and law enforcement officers who were responding to incidents as they arose.”

The moment the emergency was declared, police officers started announcing on loudspeakers that the gathering was an unlawful assembly, and called for the crowd to disperse, cutting off the rally before it officially began. Both Mr. Moran and Mr. McAuliffe said the police needed time to get the demonstrators out of the park, and off the streets, before riot police officers could move in.

As the riot police pushed protesters back, Ms. Caine-Conley and her fellow clergy members were regrouping inside the restaurant. Suddenly, a woman rushed in, screaming that there had been a terrible car crash on Water Street nearby.

“There were bodies everywhere,” said the Rev. Seth Wispelwey of Sojourners United Church of Christ, who rushed to the scene. “There was blood and glass all over the street.”

Mr. Fields, who the authorities say was driving the car, has been charged with second-degree murder. He served briefly in the Army, military records show; a former high school teacher of his in Kentucky said that when Mr. Fields was a freshman, he wrote a report for a class “very much along the party lines of the neo-Nazi movement.”

The woman who was killed, Ms. Heyer, worked as a paralegal and was known as a strong, sensitive woman who stood up against “any type of discrimination,” her supervisor said.

The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation. Marches in support of the counterprotesters were held across the country on Sunday; in some cities, conservative groups also gathered.

Here in Charlottesville, as people tried to make sense of it all, a vigil for Ms. Heyer was canceled, its organizers said, because of the threat or rumor of more white nationalist activity. Still, people here wanted the nation to know that this was not the Charlottesville they knew and loved. Heather Hutton’s blue eyes filled with tears as she walked away from the memorial to Ms. Heyer.

“It just hurts,” Ms. Hutton, 52, said, wiping the tears away. “It hurts us all as a town.”