Perspective: Trump lit the torches of white supremacy in Charlottesville

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The president gave the racists permission to take off their hoods. Even after the violence Saturday in Virginia, he refused to condemn them by name. But we can.

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Nov 8

Voters repudiate not just Trump but the white-supremacist hatred seen in Charlottesville

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In Virginia and across the nation, voters embraced a very different vision of America — and showed that the bigots with torches don’t speak for everyone

Oct 8

Charlottesville white supremacist rally in August drew attendees from 35 states, study finds

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Sep 14

White supremacists have been marching in President Trump's name. Literally.


Disavowing hate groups won't work if they still see him as an inspiration.

Sep 13

Trump will sign bipartisan resolution condemning Charlottesville violence, White House says

"He looks forward to doing so as soon as he receives it," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

Sep 13

Congress sends Trump legislation denouncing Charlottesville violence, white supremacy

The bipartisan joint resolution is meant to compel the president to sign a statement condemning “racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy.”

Aug 17

In conservative media, an amen chorus defends Trump's comments on Charlottesville violence

Conservative hosts who have been generally supportive of President Trump have spent the week endorsing his evolving message.

Aug 16

Trump’s military leaders condemn Charlottesville racism — while trying not to offend the president

In contrast to the commander in chief, military leaders have bluntly repudiating the racist ideologies that plunged Charlottesville into deadly violence.

Aug 13

Trump condemns ‘hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides’

The president has often been quick to respond to terrorizing acts but was silent for hours on the clashes in Charlottesville.

Aug 13

Trump condemns Charlottesville violence but doesn’t single out white nationalists for blame

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BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Trump on Saturday condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the spate of violence unfolding in Charlottesville and called for “a swift restoration of law and order” — but avoided placing blame on any…

Aug 12

Trump breaks silence on Charlottesville: ‘No place for this kind of violence in America’

President Trump broke his silence Saturday afternoon amid violent confrontations between white nationalist groups and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, tweeting that there was “no place for this kind of violence in America.” “We ALL…

Aug 12

Detroit Red Wings condemn use of logo by white nationalists in Charlottesville

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Things have gotten truly ugly in Charlottesville, where white nationalists are clashing with counter-protesters and police ahead of a rally that was scheduled to begin at noon Saturday. Among the white-power supporters is an anti-immigrant…

Mar 13

Donald Trump, the anecdotal president

Trump prefers isolated stories that match his outcome to broad analysis that doesn't. As do we all.

Oct 20

As Clinton condemns violence at Trump rallies, he blames her for that violence

LAS VEGAS — During the final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of inciting and encouraging violence at his campaign rallies, which she said is un-American. Trump responded by accusing Clinton of causing that…

Sep 16

‘A president can’t just pop off’: Michelle Obama chides Trump at Virginia rally

The first lady leveled her veiled criticism at her first campaign event for Hillary Clinton.

Mar 14

Could Donald Trump be held legally responsible for inciting violence at his rallies?


Update: The sheriff of Cumberland, N.C. indicated on Monday that he was investigating whether Donald Trump may have broken the state's "inciting a riot" statutes. In light of that, we're republishing this piece from last week. On Aug. 11…

Mar 11

Violence at Trump rallies? His rivals don’t condemn it.

It took nearly 90 minutes, but CNN debate moderator Jake Tapper eventually asked Donald Trump to respond to a violence incident caught on tape at a rally in North Carolina — a black protester punched in the face by an elderly white man,…

Feb 26

How America's dying white supremacist movement is seizing on Donald Trump's appeal

White supremacist groups say the Republican front-runner has become a great outreach tool, providing separatists with an easy way to start a conversation about issues that are important to them.