Michael Brown: Let’s Use the President’s Words as a Starting Point

President Donald Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

As America buries its dead and mourns its victims, I hope we can all agree that now is not the time to try to score political points. Now is not the time to turn the coffins of the shooting victims into platforms for partisan politics. Now is the time to grieve, to listen, to learn, to pray, to heal and to take action.

It is in that spirit that I offer a simple proposal for all who have ears to hear. But first, allow me to set the stage.

I’m quite aware of the many loud, even shrill voices that insist that the president is a racist. They point to the specific vocabulary he has used and to infelicitous statements he has made.

To them, the facts are undeniable: Donald Trump is a racist who has whipped other racists—all of them white, of course—into a frenzy.

Some even go as far as tweeting that, “After today [meaning, the day of the El Paso massacre], there is no longer any room for nuance. The president is a white nationalist terror leader, His supporters—ALL OF THEM—are by definition white nationalist terror supporters. The MAGA hat is a KKK hood. And this evil, racist scourge must be eradicated from society.”

Not surprisingly, these totally unhelpful words were uttered by a well-known university professor, Reza Aslan.

I find his tweets to be as ridiculous as they are inflammatory.

At the same time, I don’t doubt that the president has inflamed racist sentiments, whether intentionally or not. And that’s why his official statement in the aftermath of the recent shootings is so important.

He said, “These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation, and a crime against all of humanity. We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed and the terror. Our hearts are shattered for every family whose parents, children, husbands and wives were ripped from their arms and their lives. America weeps for the fallen.”

More specifically, he said this: “The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul. We have asked the FBI to identify all further resources they need to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism—whatever they need.”

This, of course, is not the first time Trump has denounced white supremacy. To repeat his forgotten and willfully ignored words from the press conference after Charlottesville (when clarifying who he meant by “fine people”), “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”

How much damage has the left-wing media done by painting a false picture of the president’s response to Charlottesville? How much have they, too, inflamed hatred and division?

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SOURCE: Charisma News