If President Donald Trump had condemned the events in Charlottesville within five seconds of their occurrence, the liberal media would have complained he didn’t do it soon enough.
Complaints have surfaced every-time Trump has addressed the issue. First, he was criticized for saying nothing about what had happened in Charlottesville … which he actually did, and pretty early the day of the tragic death.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
The criticism then became that, when he spoke, he condemned both sides rather than explicitly denouncing the white nationalists. Many of those who had no problem with Barack Obama refusing to use the terms “radical Islamic terrorism” suddenly were concerned that Trump never used the term “white supremacist terrorist.”
That’s particularly interesting, because when there was a white supremacist terrorist attack under Obama, he was hardly held to the same standard as Trump.
According to the Daily Caller, Obama did not identify nor condemn white supremacy during his remarks the day after the deadly June 2015 shooting. The incident attained national media attention after Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old self-identified white supremacist, shot and killed nine African Americans at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina.
Obama did not name Roof or the racist motivations in his speech, acknowledging that, “Until the investigation is complete, I’m necessarily constrained in terms of talking about the details of the case.” Roof was arrested shortly before Obama’s noon remarks, ABC News reported.
Although he did not mention or condemn white supremacy, Obama did acknowledge the racial aspects of the massacre. “The fact that this took place in a black church obviously also raises questions about a dark part of our history. This is not the first time that black churches have been attacked.”
Obama went on to praise the “outpouring of unity and strength and fellowship and love” from “all races” in the wake of the massacre.
Leaving aside white supremacism, Obama attributed blame to U.S. gun policies. “Once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun … We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”
While the context of the two presidents’ remarks are open to interpretation and debate, Dennard’s assertion that Obama did not name the Charleston shooter or condemn the shooter’s white supremacist motivations in his immediate remarks is true.
Where were the liberal journos blasting Obama for not doing enough to condemn that attack? Who knows.
It’s almost as if the media is holding Trump is an impossible standard.