In the beginning of the Trump presidency, members of the GOP were all too happy to jump on the “Trump Train”, appearing on Fox News on a seemingly hourly basis to sing Mr. Trump’s praises and blather on about how unfairly he was being treated by the press and members of the Democratic party.
Things may have changed considerably due to Trump’s controversial handling of the recent white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA. that left one innocent bystander dead and 19 injured.
According to Fox News host Shepard Smith, the booking team at Fox spent all day today trying to convince a member of the GOP to appear during a segment about Trump’s controversial statements to the press Tuesday in which he claimed that many white nationalists were “good people.” They couldn’t find one. Mr. Smith stated,
Our booking team — and they’re good — reached out to Republicans of all stripes across the country today. Let’s be honest, Republicans don’t often really mind coming on Fox News Channel. We couldn’t get anyone to come and defend him here.. We worked very hard at it throughout the day, and we were unsuccessful.
Congratulations, Mr. Trump. Your statements during Tuesday’s press conference were so ridiculously racist that not one member of your own party is willing to defend you. That’s quite an accomplishment.
In fact, key Republican leaders have made statements in opposition to Trump’s, although none of them have had the b*lls to come right out and condemn Trump by name. In a tweet just after Trump’s statements, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said:
We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 15, 2017
And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement as well, stating:
We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred. There are no good neo-nazis, and those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. We all have a responsibility to stand against hate and violence, wherever it raises its evil head.
A good effort on their part to distance themselves from Trump and his cancerous statements, but standing by and espousing platitudes about how racism is “bad” while still supporting a racist president and his white nationalist agenda is, for lack of a better word, bullsh*t.
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