Charlottesville incident shows Trump should go

Friday, Aug. 11, Nazis, white supremacists and Klansmen lit torches and marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Va., wearing Nazi regalia and waving Nazi and Confederate flags.

Hate-filled faces shown in the light from the torches. Nazi slogans rang out in the clear summer night air. “Blood and soil. Blood and soil.” “Jew will not replace us. Jew will not replace us.” “Seig Heil.” Crisp Nazi salutes were visible as the marchers moved through this iconic American city. The next day violence escalated when the marchers clashed with people who came to stand against their vile ideology. One Nazi rammed his car into a group of peaceful protesters, injuring 19 and killing Heather Heyer, a young woman who had come to stand against hate.

360,000 Union soldiers fighting in the civil war, died fighting the confederacy, died to preserve our nation. Hundreds of thousands of African-Americans were tortured and murdered by slave owners and the KKK. 407,000 brave Americans died fighting Nazis in World War II.

It should be the easier thing in the world for an American president to strongly condemn Nazis, white supremacists and Klansmen. Donald Trump continually fails this test. He failed it as a candidate and he continues to fail it every day as president. If any of you have any doubt about how Trump’s statements are being received by the Nazis, KK and other white supremacists just listen to their public statements. They are publicly praising the president, publicly thanking him for his support.

Everyone in the German government, the judiciary, the business community, everyone knew who Hitler was and what he stood for. They enabled him because they saw him as a vehicle to bring back Germany’s economic and military power. They thought that Hitler would help them “get their agenda passed.” They thought they could control him. We all know how that worked out.

Donald Trump needs to be removed from office. Now.

Barbara Paulding,


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