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‘Divider in Chief’ has no class

When troubling times and events take place in America we have often looked to the president of the United States for reassuring words and to unite us.

The past few days have proved once and for all that President Donald J. Trump is not someone that anyone can look toward when it comes to any of those words, or to unify the country in any way, shape or form.

On Friday, Aug. 11, White Nationalists, including members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other organizations that support racism, held a march at the University of Virginia’s Charlottesville campus. 

The march was held as a protest against a plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a park.

The next day, Saturday, Aug. 12, the same groups held a “Unite The Right” rally.

One of the counter-protesters at the rally, a 32-year-old woman,was killed by a car allegedly driven by a person who participated with other White Nationalists. Nineteen people were injured in the crash.

On Aug. 12, Trump did not call out White Nationalists or any of the hate groups. Instead, he blamed “many sides” for the incident. 

On Sunday, Aug. 13, after enduring heavy criticism, during a speech Trump finally called out White Nationalists by name.

But as we were going to press with this week’s issue of The Winsted Journal, in a speech on Tuesday, Aug. 15, Trump backtracked on his previous remarks at a news conference.

“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump said about the Aug. 12 incident.

There is no blame that can or should be placed on both sides or all sides.

A woman was killed standing up to racists, bigots and hatred.

Instead of the president calling out people who hold hate in their hearts, we have a president who carelessly wants to spread the blame to anyone and everyone.

Instead of trying to unify the country against these groups and against hate, we have a president who continues to find ways to divide the country.

Standing up to racism, hate and bigotry doesn’t mean you are a member of the “alt left.” It means that you are a caring, real human being.

A real human being would stand up for civil rights instead of not placing full blame on the ones who are attempting to take away those civil rights. Those rights have been fought for by many people for hundreds of year, with many of those people sacrificing their lives just so others can have their rights.

What happened in Charlottesville, and the president’s lack of caring about what happened, affects everyone, no matter what part of this state or country you are in.

The Charlottesville incident proved that, sadly, hatred still exists in this country and is manifested in these groups.

Their main purpose is to take the country back to a terrible time in history when people were discriminated against just for the color of their skin.

If we do not stand up against these groups, or if we do not call them out by their names, chances are good that we will go back to those times.

We must do what our very disappointing president will not do: we, collectively as human beings, all must stand up to hate.

It’s more than just the presidential thing to do, it’s the human thing to do.