This has not been America’s finest hour.
On Saturday, an alt-right-led “Unite the Right” rally to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., sparked violence. Later a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others.
President Trump didn’t acknowledge the situation on Twitter until nearly 1:30 p.m. ET, leading Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling to condemn him for remaining silent for so long.
By the time he did, it was too little, too late for actor Samuel Roukin from AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies. Earlier he asked, “Where the (expletive) is the condemnation of Charlottesville Nazi rally from 45? Nowhere to be seen because he and Bannon enabled it.”
The Office‘s Ed Helms condemned Trump’s statement as “milquetoast drivel,” asking “What kind of coward is afraid to call out white supremacy by name?”
Likewise for comedian Kumail Nanjiani.
Later, after Trump’s televised remarks in which he once again refused to single out white supremacists, saying only that there was responsibility “on many sides,” Nanjiani said those three words “protected violent bigotry.”
George Takei said Trump’s “many sides” comment was the very model of moral cowardice and false equivalence.
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon addressed his tweet to those who have been saying “give Trump a chance.”
Ellen DeGeneres asked the question that is probably on a lot of people’s minds: “Is this America now?”
Let’s hope not.
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