After the predictable violence from this weekend’s white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and wounded 19 others, President Trump refused to condemn the racist hate that sparked the carnage or the perpetrators who carried it out.
His National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is taking a moderately less cowardly, if equally sycophantic, approach.
“I certainly think any time that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism,” McMaster said on ABC’s This Week. “It meets the definition of terrorism.”
But McMasters defended his boss’ reprehensible gift to America’s neo-Nazi movement, which marches in Trump’s own name.
“The president has been very clear,” he continued. “We cannot tolerate this kind of bigotry, this kind of hatred. And what he did is he called on all Americans to take a firm stand against it.”
The statement is a flagrant lie. Not only did the president set an example of tolerating bigotry fueled violence, he personally has incited it, and excused its perpetrators.
McMaster has served our country with distinction, but his remarks today are nothing short of a betrayal of the American values he pledged to protect. The sad turn makes one thing perfectly clear: one cannot simultaneously serve Donald Trump and the interests of the United States. McMaster chose his side, and now he must live with the consequences.
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