The mother of the 20 year-old white man said he told her he was going to a Trump rally, she told him to be peaceful. Two days later, he murdered a fellow human being.
At the “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville, Va., 6000 angry 20-to-30-something white men converged to fuel each other’s rage because somehow they weren’t the only people in the world who mattered. They raged against people of other colors, religion and sex. They marched that night brandishing guns and waving dime store tiki torches through the university and on a church filled with people they didn’t know.
The next day, in broad daylight, domestic terrorist James Alex Fields, using his car as a weapon, plowed into a crowd of counter marchers, injuring 19, some critically. He rammed into the young woman as she crossed the street. Then, like a coward, he fled the scene of his crime.
James Alex Fields is just another of a growing number of white men filled with nameless, faceless rage and fear because he is only one of several billion people on the planet; not the chosen one that his religion and president says he should be. James Alex Fields murdered Heather Heyer because she was there, daring to oppose him and his hate filled ideology.
Donald Trump finally spoke, and did not disappoint his followers. He did not condemn this violence. He applauded their perfidy by saying the violence was on “many sides, many sides.” Trump’s coded message approving Fields’ killing another human being is racist, Nazi talk; learned from Hitler’s book of speeches he kept at his bedside.
Neither has Trump condemned the bombing of a Muslim mosque last week in Minneapolis. As a matter of fact, he hasn’t even mentioned it. His spokesman, Sebastain Gorka, later stated that the bombing was a “false flag operation” by “liberals.” Gorka, who is an immigrant and wears Nazi insignia pendants, speaks with a phony accent and calls himself Doctor (even though he has no degree of any kind), carries Trump’s hate filled message of bigotry, racism, sexism and homophobia to his adoring “Basket of Deplorables.”
Hoping for greater mayhem, the Neo-nazi racists at “Unite the Right” are planning another spectacle in Boston on August 19. We need to decide whether we as a Nation are going to pick up the tiki torch of hatred and bigotry or the Torch of Democracy the Statue of Liberty represents. Time is running out.