It has been a blockbuster summer in the world of politics where news headlines have been enough to make us laugh, cry and fear for our very lives.
Whether it was the brief stint of White House Communications Director Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci, the unnecessary exit from the Paris Climate Accord, or the literal ticking time bomb that is North Korea, these past few months have looked less like Mar a Lago and more like Dante’s Inferno.
It’s the most recent tragedy, inspired by the President Donald Trump’s hateful and divisive rhetoric, that has disturbed me the most. I use the word “disturb” for lack of a better term to capture my utter disgust at the monsters who participated in the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia this past week.
As chants of “blood and soil” rang out across what was a peaceful, Southern town, a 20-year-old terrorist drove his car into a group of people protesting the hate march. 32 year-old Heather Heyer lost her life courageously standing up to white supremacy.
This issue is not one of politics, but of basic human decency. To say “both sides” were to blame in Charlottesville is to group together racists with those who stand up to racism. Like many of Trump’s other executive decisions these past eight months, this makes absolutely no sense.
The president had an opportunity to unite Americans against what can only be described as pure evil. Instead, the man that has never hesitated to insult others by name, chose to be vague.
This lack of specific condemnation only leaves moral standards in the dark.
Last November, when this nightmare first began, I tried to understand when Trump supporters assured me he was a legitimate president.
I tried to understand when they told me they did not approve of his actions, but despised Hillary Clinton even more. I tried to understand when they said his business knowledge would make up for his lack of political experience. Even when the vote for Trump was to ensure a Republican majority on the Supreme Court, I tried to understand.
The tragedy in Charlottesville has clarified at least one thing: Trump needs to step down from his position. He does not possess the level of empathy required of a president during times of trial.
Those who still support Trump after everything he has done have an important decision to make. They can own up to having a hand in giving this man executive power he never should have been granted. The only alternative is to stand idly by while minorities are deemed inferior.
Not speaking out against Nazis and other hate groups means you are okay with people proclaiming superiority based solely on the color of their skin.
Given that his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, was just recently ousted from the White House, it is only a matter of time before Trump becomes the scapegoat of the Republican party.