Pastor Darrell Scott, the African-American CEO of the National Diversity Coalition, told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle that the media are responsible for causing white supremacists to “gravitate” towards Trump by labeling him a ‘racist’.
Scott joined Ruhle to discuss Trump’s second response to the violence that broke out in Charlottesville over the weekend. Trump had repeated that “both sides” were responsible for the chaos.
Pastor Scott said the president’s first comments on Saturday when he condemned violence on all sides was adequate, but not for the media.
“On Saturday, the president made a blanket statement condemning all violence — all of the participants in the violence — and racism and bigotry in every form,” Scott said.
“The media wasn’t satisfied,” Scott said. “So on Monday, he came back and was more specific in his denunciation.”
Trump condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists by name in his follow-up statement Monday.
Scott said he found “nothing wrong” with Trump coming out a third time Tuesday to condemn violence on all sides, from white supremacists to what Trump called the “alt-left.” The pastor said that anyone who went to Charlottesville over the weekend with the intent to commit violence, regardless of ideology, was in the wrong.
“If you went there to commit violence, and if you went there to commit violence to stop these neo-Nazis and skin-heads … from protesting, you are wrong as well,” Scott said.
Ruhle accused Scott of drawing a false equivalency between white supremacists and counter-protesters. That has been the false narrative from the left.
Antifa and BLM are hate groups, with Antifa being a hate group that wears hoods. There is plenty of factual evidence of this, from their words to their actions.
The left has chosen to outright ignore this in order to stand where they do.
Antifa and BLM showed up at that counter-protest with absolutely no intention of anything peaceful. They came armed with balloons full of chemicals and items to throw. They came to instigate fights.
Both sides have horrific ideology. But Antifa and BLM are the ones who have a record of riots and violence. Pointing that out in no way gives the white supremacists excuse.
“It seems as if the only hate speech that is tolerated in America right now is hate speech against Trump supporters,” he said. “I’m called a coon, a sellout, an Uncle Tom on a regular basis by members of the left that claim to be decent, moral, upstanding citizens.” Scott went on.
Scott also said that Trump didn’t choose to have the support of white supremacists. Rather, Scott said it was the media that “chose” Trump for them by labeling him as a ‘racist’ from the moment he entered politics in 2015.
“The media chose that candidate for them,” Scott said. “Everyone wonders why the white supremacists gravitate towards Donald Trump. (It’s) because from the outset of his campaign … the left-wing media labeled Donald Trump as a ‘racist’, and a white supremacist. Because of that, the racists and the white supremacists, they heard that message and they said, ‘Well, if he is indeed that, then he is our candidate of choice.’”
The media, Obama, and the left is responsible for all of this. A decade ago, there was no outrage. Not on either side. The white spremacy movement was at an all time low and race relations were at an all time high.
In fact, race relations had grown to the point where a black man was elected as president. What changed?
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