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Trump’s response to Charlottesville compared to Obama’s response to Dallas cop murders

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President Trump is still facing a huge amount of criticism for his responses to the Charlottesville violence.

After calling out the hatred and violence from “many sides” on Saturday, Trump finally did what the media demanded and condemned white nationalists and other hate groups by name.

Trump criticism Yet, that has not been good enough.

While it’s certainly true the president could have articulated a better message over the weekend, his administration is taking a very hard line on the Charlottesville violence. The Department of Justice is launching a civil rights investigation into the matter and Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the attack by James Alex Fields that left one woman dead as domestic terror.

But by the media response on would think Trump is letting white nationalists get away with murder.

In light of the criticism against the current president, it’s worth remembering how the previous president dealt with an act of domestic terror committed by a racial nationalist.

In July of 2016, an avowed black nationalist murdered five police officers during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dallas, Texas. The act of violence was well-planned and was motivated entirely by the hate-filled ideology of the shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson.

With several officer’s dead by the hand of a committed black nationalist, the expected response would be to condemn the act as domestic terror. Perhaps call for an investigation.

Not at all.

Trump criticismBarack Obama condemned the shootings, but he did not call out or even allude to Johnson’s hateful views. He did, however, blame “powerful weapons” for the violence.

In her statement on the shooting, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch exploited the tragedy to push for gun control and praise the cause of Black Lives Matter. No mention of Johnson’s ideology or “hate” in was made in her statement, but she did manage to directly name multiple cases of police-involved shootings — all after cops were the ones murdered.


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