To My Trump Supporting Friends, Part II

Back on election night, when I watched this travesty that is the Trump administration finally become a reality, I told you I knew why you did what you did

For some of you, it was about Hillary. For others, it was a protest against the elites. You said you lived through 8 years of Obama, so others would just have to live for a few years under Donald Trump. He would be a better leader once he got in office, you said.

But what I knew, and so many others like me knew, was that Donald Trump was a man who used veiled racism and bullying to work enough people into enough of a lather that he got put in office. We knew that his election would only further embolden racism and hate. 

Perhaps you dismissed those concerns as liberal hysterics. 

Yesterday was the day that the President of the United States, the one you perhaps voted for, couldn't bring himself to specifically call out Nazis and white supremacists after the violence in Charlottesville.

By condemning only the violence "on many sides," Trump failed to distinguish between the two groups of protesters that clashed in the Virginia town. While neither side should engage in violence, the president decided to ignore that one group was there to promote racist views, and the other was there to stand against it. 

It's an omission that matters. Given the baggage he brought into the office, the American people needed to hear from this president that the vile and disgusting views promoted by the Nazis and white nationalists had no place in America.

He refused to do it. The first time I hoped beyond hope that it was an omission due to political inexperience and off-the-cuff remarks.

Then, when given a second chance, the White House refused to do it again.

If this was your candidate, today is the day you have to ask yourself why. Why can't the president of the United States call out racism when politicians across the country, both left and right, are doing so? Does he agree with these racists? Is he afraid of them? Does he covet their political support above the desire to do the right thing?

I don't know. All I know is that this is your candidate, the one you helped put in office.

And I know that you know in your heart of hearts that this is wrong. 

Let today be the day that you decide that putting this man in the White House was a mistake, and that you do everything you can to fix it.

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