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Politics Black Republicans Face ‘Moral Dilemma’ After Trump’s Response to Charlottesville

23:52  22 august  2017
23:52  22 august  2017 Source:   nytimes.com

Trump: Graham telling 'disgusting lie' about my Charlottesville remarks

  Trump: Graham telling 'disgusting lie' about my Charlottesville remarks President Trump early Thursday attacked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) over his criticism of Trump's response to the violence at the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally, warning that "The people of South Carolina will remember!""Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists ... and people like Ms. Heyer. Such a disgusting lie. He just can't forget his election trouncing.The people of South Carolina will remember!" Trump tweeted.

The majority of black Republicans interviewed said they would continue to support the president even as Several polls show that the majority of Republicans agreed with Mr. Trump ’ s response “The moral dilemma I face at this very moment and the question I have to wrestle with is Trump being the

Mr. Trump defended those gathered in a Charlottesville park to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Venting, his face red as he personally executed the defense of his own actions that no one else would, Mr. Trump all but erased any good will he had earned Monday when he named racist

Gregory Cheadle at a rally for President Trump in June 2016 in Redding, Calif. He has since criticized Mr. Trump for hiring only a handful of black people in the West Wing.© Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press Gregory Cheadle at a rally for President Trump in June 2016 in Redding, Calif. He has since criticized Mr. Trump for hiring only a handful of black people in the West Wing.

WASHINGTON — Gregory Cheadle, the man whom Donald J. Trump famously called “my African-American” at a California campaign rally, watched this month as now-President Trump praised “the good people on both sides” of the deadly melee in Charlottesville, Va., and he decided that possessive word “my” was in grave danger.

His backing for the president is on “life support,” he said.

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Ryan says Trump 'messed up' on Charlottesville, rejects censure

  Ryan says Trump 'messed up' on Charlottesville, rejects censure President Trump "could have done better" in his response to the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday, though he rejected a Democratic push to censure Trump for his remarks.Ryan's comments at a CNN town hall in Racine, Wis., were the first he made directly criticizing Trump for saying that "both" white supremacists and counter-protesters were to blame for the violen ce and that there were some "very fine people" among the white nationalists chanting racial slurs and carrying Nazi flags.

Trump ' s remarks came after an avalanche of criticism for his initial response to the Charlottesville violence between white supremacists and counter protesters on Saturday, which he blamed on "many sides." "This unconscionable delay has undermined his moral credibility as our nation’s leader."

Senior Republicans have lambasted Donald Trump after he once again drew a moral equivalency between the far right and counter-demonstrators during I urge President Trump to unite the country, not parse the assignment of blame for the events in Charlottesville . “For the sake of our country, he

Shermichael Singleton’s support has flatlined. Mr. Singleton was fired from his job as a senior adviser for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in February after previous writings critical of Mr. Trump came to light, yet he remained supportive. No more.

As the president heads to Phoenix on Tuesday to preach national unity at a campaign-style rally, even ardent supporters in the African-American community say the ties that once connected them to Mr. Trump have frayed badly.

“It’s difficult to continue to have hope for President Trump,” Mr. Singleton said. “It’s difficult to focus on complex policy issues when you have a country that is falling apart. It’s difficult to focus on health care. It’s difficult focus on the economy. It’s difficult to focus on infrastructure when you have people who dislike other people because of their ethnicity.”

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Donald Trump has faced fierce criticism for appearing to draw a moral equivalence between neo-Nazis and those The Republican party is reeling after Donald Trump defended people who took part in a far-right rally Republicans ' mixed response to Trump ' s comments on the events in Charlottesville .

Republicans denounce bigotry after Trump ’ s latest remarks. Ben Jacobs in Washington and Oliver Laughland in Charlottesville , Virginia. The US president was fiercely criticised for failing to condemn white supremacists in his initial response to Charlottesville , when he blamed the violence “on many

“These people,” he said, “were waving Nazi flags.”

About a dozen interviews with black conservatives like Mr. Singleton revealed the tough question they are wrestling with: How can blacks who have defended the Republican Party against accusations of racism for decades remain loyal to a president who has, wittingly or unwittingly, boosted and buoyed the racists?

Some have answered by withdrawing their support. The only black Republican in the Senate, Tim Scott of South Carolina, criticized Mr. Trump by telling Vice News that his “moral authority is compromised.”

Some black conservatives, prominent and not-so-prominent, are weighing whether to leave the party altogether because they fear that under Mr. Trump’s leadership, Republicans may be complicit in espousing racism. Even after the ouster of Stephen K. Bannon, who as the president’s chief strategist was accused of pushing white nationalist views into the West Wing, they say that Mr. Trump has to reckon with his response to the violence and his history of taking controversial racial stances.

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WASHINGTON — The House and Senate have unanimously passed a joint resolution urging President Trump to denounce racist and anti-Semitic hate groups, sending a blunt message of dissatisfaction with the president’ s initial, equivocal response to the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville , Va

After widespread criticism over initial response to white nationalists, Trump says: ‘Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals’.

If he wants absolution, they say, he needs to show contrition.

Many black Republicans and their families have personally experienced racism — and in some cases witnessed violence perpetrated by the Ku Klux Klan and other supremacist groups that lynched thousands of people, beat and murdered civil rights marchers, and supported segregationist policies that held African-Americans back.

Black conservatives balked at Mr. Trump’s lament that is was “sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” an uncompromising defense of Confederate memorials.

And they fretted that he and his administration have made “law and order” a centerpiece of their response to Charlottesville.

“The ‘tough on crime’ phrase in my mind is nothing more than a code phrase for imprisoning blacks and people of color,” Mr. Cheadle said, before criticizing Mr. Trump for hiring only a handful of black people in the West Wing. “Mr. Trump waxes eloquent about providing jobs as the panacea for the racial divide and curing the woes of the inner city. The president would do well to lead by example.”

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McConnell held back his anger over Trump ' s response blaming "both sides" for Charlottesville violence. It's a quandary facing many Republicans . Mitch McConnell's secret fury over Charlottesville response highlights GOP's Trump dilemma .

Trump ' s assertion left wing protesters just as violent as white supremacists in Charlottesville sets off Another Republican , Rep. Charlie Dent from Pennsylvania, said Trump "must stop the moral Yet Trump has done little to stem the controversy. Hours after making a formal statement Monday

The majority of black Republicans interviewed said they would continue to support the president even as they criticize him. Most said they hope that Mr. Trump will prove his critics wrong and usher in a new phase of conservative policies that will overhaul the tax code, create new jobs, transform the health system and revamp the country’s entitlement programs.

Several polls show that the majority of Republicans agreed with Mr. Trump’s response, despite the intense backlash he received. And some African-Americans are in that camp.

“I don’t know that you can designate everybody who went to the rally from the camp of KKK as being nasty, mean, or say that their intention is to physically assault people,” said Chuck Linton, 70, a retired military veteran from Baltimore and an African-American. “I know that a lot of them, their intention is to be violent, but I don’t think all of them are.”

“The white supremacists and the left wing, and the ring wing and the middle wing are all the same anyway,” he scoffed.

But for Gianno Caldwell, a Republican political consultant whose grandfather moved to Chicago from Arkansas in part to escape the Klan, Mr. Trump’s response to Charlottesville was personal. Mr. Caldwell said he could not sleep the night of the raucous news conference when the president adamantly defended his “blame on both sides” position. He wept the next day on Fox News.

Pence defends Trump response to Charlottesville violence

  Pence defends Trump response to Charlottesville violence Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday condemned white supremacists and defended President Trump following criticism that the administration failed to adequately condemn specific groups after Saturday violence in Charlottesville, Virginia."Trump had neglected to name the groups that organized the rally that turned violent in Charlottesville the previous day.

President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday that the counter-protesters demonstrating against white nationalism were also to blame for the violence at race-fueled riots in Charlottesville , Virginia, over the weekend. “There are two sides to a story.

Trump once again blamed violence in Charlottesville that left one woman dead on 'both sides'. Though that answer was quickly panned by Democrats and Republicans alike, Trump remained Trump , after mounting pressure that was palpable inside the White House, spoke Monday and

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“I knew after the news conference that he was going to want to see some positive coverage, probably some black folks in front of the screen saying really nice things about how he is awesome and he rocked that news conference,” Mr. Caldwell said of Mr. Trump. “And I certainly wasn’t going to be used as a puppet.”

Mr. Caldwell added that it was “hard to defend President Trump when you know that no matter what happens in some days or weeks, he is going to step on the message and say something ridiculous and change the conversation.”

Going forward, he said, “If there is a position that I can agree with him on, I will, but it is going to be with a much more critical viewpoint then there was before.”

His position echoed Mr. Scott, who followed his Vice interview by saying on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the president could “regain” his moral authority by sitting down with “folks who have a personal experience, a deep connection to the horror and the pain of this country’s provocative racial history.”

Quardricos Driskell, a Republican federal lobbyist and a religion and politics professor at George Washington University, never supported the president and said he believed early in the campaign that Mr. Trump held discriminatory views.

“The moral dilemma I face at this very moment and the question I have to wrestle with is Trump being the head of the Republican Party and yet courting and being complicit with this very small group that has always been at the fringes of our society,” said Mr. Driskell, who remains a Republican. “He has now helped to usher them into the mainstream. What does that mean as a black man who happens to be a Republican and happens to believe in conservative values and principles?”

Liberal activists say black Republicans have been ignoring Mr. Trump’s long history of racially offensive behavior. Mr. Trump settled a Justice Department suit that charged the family business with housing discrimination and falsely accused the nation’s first black president of being born in Kenya.

“We are in the predicament that we are in now because of the fact that people did not read the writing on the wall,” said Tamika D. Mallory, a gun control activist and a chairwoman of the Women’s March on Washington.

Trump went off-script with 'many sides' remark: report .
President Trump reportedly ad-libbed part of his controversial statement Saturday in response to the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va. Two White House officials told ABC News the president went off script in his comments, in which he blamed "many sides" for the violence, as opposed to specifically singling out white nationalists and the far right."Those were his own words," one senior White House official said.The official said those words "were not" prepared for the president.

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