‘Words matter’: Dem strategist scorches Republican over Trump’s tepid Charlottesville statement
Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator Symone Sanders shot down Trump-supporter Paris Dennard’s attempts on Sunday to explain away President Donald Trump’s lack of condemnation for the Charlottesville, VA white supremacist march where 32-year-old Heather Heyer was murdered.
Dennard continued with the line of argument he advanced on Saturday, that Trump’s vague, boilerplate remarks about the Charlottesville terror attack — in which he blamed “many sides” for the violence — provided sufficient condemnation for the violent hate groups the converged on Charlottesville.
“This president and this administration are moving in the right direction,” Dennard said, “and at the appropriate time — which I know is going to be soon — the president’s going to give his full remarks, just like the presidents did in past administrations.”
“Ana, if I may,” said Sanders, “the appropriate time would have been when someone lost their lives at the hands of white supremacy and that was yesterday. A young woman is dead because neo-Nazis, white supremacists took it upon themselves to take up arms and — quote, unquote — ‘take back their country.'”
She continued, “What we have seen is these neo-Nazis and these white supremacists have seemingly aligned themselves with the current president of the United States. I’m not saying that our president is a white supremacist, but currently it seems as though he is hesitant to denounce this specific group of people and that is dangerous. Words matter.”
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