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Thursday, August 24, 2017

GOP leaders mostly silent on Trump response to Charlottesville

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Looking for someone to call out Donald Trump for remarks sympathetic to white supremacists? You'll have to look hard among Republicans.

Coincidence. The Arkansas Times this week surveyed Arkansas Republican politicians on events in Charlottesville and Trump's response. You can read it all here.  Reticence and supportive comments dominate. The Atlantic tried to get comments from all Republican state chairs and members of the Republican National Committee.  Only 22 of 146 responded and of those only seven were critical of the president's response, including the remark that "very fine" people marched with the hate groups.

Not surprising. I think Trump — and other Republicans — know their base.

By the way, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton got cornered by an AP reporter yesterday and had to answer a question specifically about Confederate statutes, which he'd dodged previously.

AP reported his comment:

"I think this is a question best considered by local communities. ... I think that it is a debate that should occur. I wouldn't support the kind of midnight teardown of statues or monuments because I don't think that serves the civic purpose of considering our history and thinking about whatever those monuments stand for. ...

"In general, I think it's best to keep our history in front of us and learn from it so we don't repeat some of the mistakes we have made as individuals or as a people in the past. An irony of the media attention that some of these things are receiving as of late is that people have gone by them for decades but didn't know what they were."
Two things about Cotton's comment: 1) The city government of Charlottesville considered at length and voted to rename a park and relocate a Lee statue. Haters marched in protest, many of them from outside the city. 2) We know what happens when local citizens take actions with which the Republican legislature disagrees — they remove local control. See civil rights, to name just one.

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