On the heels of a deadly, and tragic, attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, President Donald Trump has been criticized for his silence.
While the president’s Twitter account is silent on the event, the gawker blog has published a series of tweets in the past few days that seem to imply he’s not entirely happy about the attack.
“He didn://t deserve the title of president,” tweeted journalist @Gottman_Institute.
The world deserved to see it.
His silence is unacceptable.
The only way to hold this country to its ideals is to show him.”
“The geez is not going to apologize for his role in a deadly terrorist attack in our nation’s capital,” tweeted reporter @Gettman_College.
“No, he is going to make a big show of apologizing, but there is nothing he can do about it.
And the American people deserve to see that.”
At the time of publication, neither of those tweets has been deleted.
In the same vein, The Washington Times published a piece in which reporter John Bresnahan suggested that Trump could have handled the incident better.
“The president could have stepped in and held off on his condemnation of the rally until after the election,” Bresman wrote.
“Instead, he allowed the violence to escalate into a national political debate.
The result is an embarrassing loss of face for the president, and a loss of political capital for himself.”
The Washington Post has a long history of covering white supremacist rallies.
But as we wrote in August, a more recent example of the White House refusing to acknowledge the role of white supremacists in Charlottesville shows the president is still not fully committed to standing up to white supremacists.
The Washington Times reported that Trump’s top advisers privately expressed dismay at the president after he criticized the violent protests at the protest site.
On Sunday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer made clear that the president believes it’s up to the country to condemn white supremacists, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is still refusing to condemn the violence in Charlottesville.