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It Took Two Days For Trump To Publicly Denounce White Supremacists In Charlottesville And Americans Noticed

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“Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism.”

The United States of America is still shocked about the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia the led to a car being used to attack a group of anti-racism protesters. Brennan Gilmore, a witness to the attack, recorded the car accelerating towards the crowd then hastily reversing out of the area. He posted the video to Twitter. We urge viewer discretion as the video is violent.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., who was photographed earlier in the day among the white supremacists and neo-Nazis at the “Unite the Right” rally protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the city. Those Fields attacked were counter-protesters. Fields is currently in custody.

According to The New York Times, the attack on the counter-protesters happened at 1:45 p.m. local time and resulted in the death of one woman, Heather Heyer.

A man named Tommy, an organizer for the Richmond, Virginia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) who spoke to ABC News on partial anonymity, says the kind of hatred and racism that was broadcast to the world is nothing new. Tommy was in the crowd that was struck by the car and survived the incident. He told ABC News that as a Latino living in the south, what happened isn’t surprising.

“I hate to break it to people who might not know it, but this kind of hate has always been in America,” he told ABC News about the violent clashes in Charlottesville. He added that the solidarity demonstrations that popped up around the country after the assault gave him hope.

“Yesterday was the both the happiest and most terrifying day of my life,” he said. “If people want to know how to help the people in the south who are dealing with it in a very visceral way, they should work in their own communities – organize locally.”

President Trump gave a brief statement the same day as the attack but his response has been widely considered a failure of leadership for not denouncing the white supremacist, neo-Nazi and racist groups behind the violent attacks directly.

“We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Trump told the press. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence — on many sides, on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.”

A White House spokesperson later clarified that Trump was referring to the counter-protest as one of the sides inciting violence and hatred, according to CNN.

People took to social media to air their grievance against the president’s original comments.

Trump is known to take things to Twitter and publicly calling out people he is arguing with, whether it is fellow Republicans or North Korea. However, after a tiki torch filled rally on the University of Virginia campus and the vicious attack on counter-protesters, Trump stayed silent on Twitter.

Others saw it as par for the course in terms of race relations in the country.

There have been numerous reported incidents of KKK and neo-Nazi resurgence since President Trump was elected in November 2016. Not only have there been KKK marches, members of the white supremacy group have expressly admitted that their actions are a direct result of Trump’s victory and a way of fulfilling his campaign promises.

Jorge Ramos dropped facts that show an increase in hate groups in the U.S.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there was a dramatic increase in hate groups across the country.

Wendy Carrillo, a fixture in Los Angeles politics, recounted a Twitter feud she had with former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke in March.

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“Trump’s failure to denounce white supremacy is reprehensible, but not surprising,” Carrillo wrote on Facebook following the attack. “We are all too familiar with the realities of what is happening because our communities have been fighting against injustice longer than I’ve been alive. Today’s events are a reminder, a jolt, of what many have been saying is the reality of hate in this country. This is not the moment to be passive or moderate, this is a moment to accept the reality of institutional racism that plagues our nation.”

Republican strategist and commentator Ana Navarro has never shied away from calling out Trump’s shortcomings.

It has been reported by numerous sources that Trump’s base is largely populated by white supremacists.

Even Republican politicians that have typically voted in favor of the Trump agenda have spoken up against the president’s weak tone, including Ted Cruz.

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“The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate,” Ted Cruz wrote on Facebook. “Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.”

Even Marco Rubio denounced the actions in Charlottesville by calling the groups out by name.

Some people have criticized Cruz and Rubio as posturing for a 2020 return. Trump did give it another go and denounced the groups by name, but for many it is too late. Two days too late.

You can watch Trump’s latest Charlottesville remarks below.



READ: This Latina Politician Is Putting A White Supremacist In His Place One Tweet At A Time

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Trump Would Do Well In Remembering That His Grandfather Begged To Be Spared A Family Separating Deportation

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Trump Would Do Well In Remembering That His Grandfather Begged To Be Spared A Family Separating Deportation

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Familia, what you are about to read is rich. Harper’s Magazine has recently uncovered and translated a German letter written by Friedrich Trump, President Trump’s grandfather. At the time of its writing, in 1905, Friedrich Trump was living in Bavaria as an “illegal alien” in what was then Bavaria, and had just received a letter of deportation. Trump responded by penning a letter begging for repatriation to Prince Luitpold. Prince Luitpold rejected Trump’s deeply reverent yet desperate request on behalf of his family’s mental health. The family later resettled in New York.

“Most Serene, Most Powerful Prince Regent! Most Gracious Regent and Lord!,” it begins.

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Trump begins by explaining how his “parents were honest, plain, pious vineyard workers.” They strictly held [him] to everything good.” He then goes on to explain that he “apprenticed to become a barber,” emigrated to America and with “God’s blessing” he “became rich.” He moved back to Kallstadt, his birthplace in Bavaria, because his wife “could not tolerate the climate in New York.” He brought his “dear family” back to Kallstadt.

He pleads on the count of not separating his family.

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“The town was glad to have received a capable and productive citizen. My old mother was happy to see her son, her dear daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter around her; she knows now that I will take care of her in her old age. But we were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria.”

“We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished.”

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“My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick. Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree — not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again.”

People are shooketh that POTUS hasn’t derived any empathy from his own abuelo’s experience as a deported illegal immigrant.

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Two generations later, Friedrich Trump’s grandson is the President of the United States and enacting new policies that specifically separates families at the border as a “deterrent” to immigration. When Friedrich’s reasons for immigrating was New York’s harsh climate and wanting to be close to his aging mother, we’d expect his grandson to have compassion for families who are fleeing gang violence, LGBT discrimination, and threats of death to protect their families.

That said, Bavaria rejected Trump, Sr. for dodging the military draft.

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Friedrich had fled Bavaria (now-Germany) when he was young as a method to escape the military draft. He obviously failed to report his emigration 20 years prior to receiving the letter because it was shady AF. Germany denied his request to stay in the country since he failed to notify the government of his emigration and for dodging the draft.

Given his recent hate speech to “send back” the four Congresswoman of color, this news has folks reeling in Trump’s own hypocrisy.

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Twitter user, Mario Vazquez, tweeted his thoughts, “HYPOCRISY: Melania, from Slovenia, illegally worked under a tourist visa in the 90s and then brought her parents over through “chain migration.” Trump’s mom immigrated from Scotland and his grandfather came from Germany. Should they all “go back” then?”

Fourth-generation Americans are chiming in acknowledging their privilege and degrading Trump’s hypocrisy.

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What makes America great is that it did welcome Trump’s family at a time when immigration laws were tightening in the U.S. The President at the time had to veto a law passed in Congress that would require immigrants a literacy test by reading five lines of the Constitution. That POTUS rejected the requirement as un-American.

Friedrich Trump became a U.S. citizen after immigrating as an unaccompanied minor who didn’t speak English.

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He certainly wouldn’t have passed Trump’s citizenship screening test that prioritizes those with Ph.D.’s and wealth. 

It seems as if our own abuelos are trying Twitter for the first time to “burn” Trump.

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We see you, Mr. Lopez. Solid burn.

We’ll leave you with one final reaction to the surfacing of Friedrich Trump’s letter.

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You’re not aging very well, Mr. President. Might we suggest honoring the stories of your own ancestors? This country is built on family. Trump’s own family is built on “chain migration.” Without family, you’re just an old, unhinged, racist white-bordering-orange dude.

After Racist Chants At A Trump Rally Directed At Rep. Omar, Cardi B Has Come Out Supporting The Congresswoman

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After Racist Chants At A Trump Rally Directed At Rep. Omar, Cardi B Has Come Out Supporting The Congresswoman

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As President Trump continues to lead a national racist attack on progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar, Cardi B showed her support for the Minnesota congresswoman with a simple Instagram post.

Within hours, #IStandWithIlhan was trending on Twitter, with public figures and fellow politicians weighing in.

Cardi B was one of the very first people to show her support for Omar.

In typical badass fashion, the “Press” singer quoted Beyonce when posting in support of Omar on Instagram, sharing a photo and writing, “You know you that b**** when you cause all this conversation.”

This is not the first time this week Cardi B, born Belcalis Almánzar, has weighed in on politics. The Bronx-born rapper tweeted Tuesday that she was “really sad” that Democratic voters “let down” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the 2016 presidential primary.

She wrote that the senator has “been fighting for equal rights, HUMAN rights for such along time.”

“Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign,” she added.

Cardi B’s appreciation post comes after a disgusting rally where Trump continued with his racist rhetoric.

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Trump held a “Make America Great Again” rally in Greeneville, North Carolina. During the rally, Trump continued to rant against Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressly and Rashia Tlaib, who have become known as “the squad.”

“Let ’em leave… they’re always telling us how to run it, how to do this, how to do that. You know what? If they don’t love it, tell ’em to leave it,” Trump said of the congresswomen.

Although Trump spent time going after each woman individually, only his attack on Omar elicited an offensive chant from the crowd.

“Omar smeared U.S. service members in ‘Black Hawk Down.’ She slandered the brave Americans trying to keep peace in Somalia,” Trump said of Omar.

Trump paused his speech to let the chant continue.

The president also claimed Omar blamed America for the economic crisis in Venezuela and she refused to condemn Al Qaeda. As the president ripped into Omar, people in the crowd began chanting “send her back” in the same way that they chanted “lock her up” during his campaign against Hillary Clinton.

After, Omar responded to the chants at the rally by tweeting, “I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!” along with a photo of her on the House floor.

Cardi B fans have been stanning extra hard after her post.

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To see this strong woman of color come to defend one of Trump’s most vocal opponents sent me any people into a frenzy. Her tweet was simple yet totally summed up what so many of us are thinking and feeling.

I mean she quoted the Queen Bey in her post. Like OMG.

That is some mad stanning right there. Quoting Beyonce lyrics to support a woman of color suffering racist attacks from the President of the United States and his supporters…it doesn’t get more powerful than that.

Cardi B’s favored presidential candidate always weighed in on Trump’s remarks about Omar.

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Cardi B has been pretty vocal about her support of Bernie Sanders for president. She recently said about Bernie, “Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign.”

READ: Cardi B Stands Behind Bernie Sanders Because Of His Desire To Fight For All People And Their Rights

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