Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) showed Trump how a real leader responds to racist violence in an American city.
In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Sen. Sanders said, “The white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society. I am disgusted by the news, and my thoughts are with those in the Charlottesville community and around the country who have been targeted. While this incident is alarming, it is not surprising. Hate crimes and shows of hostility toward minorities have recently been surging. Now more than ever we must stand together against those who threaten our brothers and sisters.”
Instead of addressing the country immediately after the emergency was declared, Donald Trump waited for hours and then said that the violence in Charlottesville was “sad.” A real leader decries the violence and hate. Trump never spoke out against hate crimes. Trump didn’t condemn the people who were marching in his name. The racists have been a backbone of Trump support, so it isn’t surprising that violence caused by his own people is met with the Trump version of meh instead of strong statements and action.
Bernie Sanders showed Trump how a real leader behaves. What Trump is doing is a betrayal of his oath of office and a humiliation of the presidency.