Putting things into perspective….
It was not the first time a car was used as a battering ram. However, unlike prior incidents, this guy apparently drove right past many counter protestors walking in the street. They should have been easy targets to run down if mass murder was his intent. Instead, according to news reports, he angrily crashed his vehicle into parked cars that in turn crashed into a crowd of people.
Does this make the act any less stupid, hateful, bigoted or reckless? No, of course not, but it does give us an important insight to an element of guilt that will be raised in court. It’s called mens rea, i.e., a guilty mind, wilfulness… and it something that is used most often in sentencing.
Next, President Trump is being widely criticized for being too weak in his condemnation of this incident. So, what exactly did he say immediately following the car attack, do you know?
Well he opened with, “We are closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville… We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred and bigotry and violence… and on many sides.”
He is condemning in the strongest possible terms, but he also counters the hate and violence rhetoric with, “….We must come together with true affection.” Come together? But, how will that get us partisan votes, how will that play out with the race-baiters and PC crowd? Gosh, Trump is dumb, he’s letting a perfectly good tragedy go to waste and no self-respecting democrat would ever do that! (said with all due sarcasm)
Here is the whole sentence so you can judge it’s context: “I just got off the phone with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and we agreed the hate and division must stop.” “We must come together, and I say this so strongly, with true affection for each other.” Yes, come together folks, stop the hate and division and give renewed meaning to the message of brotherly love preached by Dr. Martin Luther King.
Predictably, the far left is outraged with Trumps response (but they were outraged before his response). Now they and their minions are angrily criticizing President Trump.
Reasonable people have to ask themselves, what is to be gained by upping the race rhetoric? Do we really need our president to pour more fuel on this fire? No, we’ve seen that done before and it is not at all productive, in fact people died as a result. I believe Trump’s immediate response was about right. It was forceful, it was condemning of evil, but it was far more measured than what we might have seen coming from the last president, Barack Obama. We’ve seen what Obama’s kind of hyperbole led too and personally i don’t want to go there again. But, was it important for Trump to remind us ALL that we did not get to this racial division yesterday and that racism has not been promoted by entirely one side? You tell me.