Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) responded to Trump’s defense of racists by calling the President an embarrassment to America.
In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Sen. Sanders said, “President Trump. You are embarrassing our country and the millions of Americans who fought and died to defeat Nazism. The violence in Charlottesville was not caused by the ‘alt-left,’ (whatever that may be). It was caused by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who are attempting to spread their hateful and racist ideology.”
Sanders was right. There is no”alt-left.” It is a term that was invented by the far right to justify the racist actions of Trump’s supporters. Donald Trump was an embarrassment to America long before the press conference. Trump’s defense of white supremacists and their violence was nothing more than more than a year of Trump behavior boiled down to an easily consumable few minutes for the entire country to see.
There is no shock here. None of this was out of character. Trump began his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans murderers and rapists. What Trump said today is who he really is.
Donald Trump is trying to help racists spread their hate and ideology. He is a disgrace to this country who should have never been elected president, and many argue wouldn’t have been elected president without the help of Putin, who deserves to be sent back to his tacky Trump Tower to live out his days in exile.
Real leaders denounce racists. They don’t enable them.