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New York Times Admits Charlottesville Protesters Weren’t All Nazis

Written by Joe Scudder

They, of course, bury those three paragraphs on conservative Charlottesville protesters under a lot of other stuff.

Breitbart has done us a service by noticing the New York Times admits Donald Trump was right about the Charlottesville protesters. Despite this admission, the story doesn’t change it basic message that Donald Trump is wicked for having acknowledged that there were fine people among both sides and there was violence perpetrated by the “alt-left.”

Thus, the inflammatory headline: “Trump’s Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis.

But Mr. Trump’s tenacious base sees in the Charlottesville fallout something to cheer: a field general leading the latest charge in the battle to take their country back. Much as Mr. Trump promised he would restore America to its lost greatness during his presidential campaign — a vow that, to many, clanged with sentimentality for a whiter, less tolerant nation — he is using symbols of the Confederacy to tell conservatives that he will not allow liberals to blot out their history and heritage.

Some of that paragraph is pure, self-serving, liberal BS. But it is true that Trump is clearly not allowing liberal lies and violence to stand.

“Good people can go to Charlottesville,” said Michelle Piercy, a night shift worker at a Wichita, Kan., retirement home, who drove all night with a conservative group that opposed the planned removal of a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

After listening to Mr. Trump on Tuesday, she said it was as if he had channeled her and her friends — all gun-loving defenders of free speech, she said, who had no interest in standing with Nazis or white supremacists: “It’s almost like he talked to one of our people.”

Conservatives like Ms. Piercy, who have grown only more emboldened after Charlottesville, believe that the political and media elite hold them and Mr. Trump to a harsh double standard that demands they answer for the sins of a radical, racist fringe. They largely accept Mr. Trump’s contention that these same forces are using Charlottesville as an excuse to undermine his presidency, and by extension, their vote.

The New York Times then goes on to say it doesn’t matter because nonwhites will not tolerate “good people” who are white. And Republicans are going to cave to them. Read it for yourself and try to interpret the next four paragraphs in any other way.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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