Ever since President Donald Trump first made his statement condemning the Charlottesville terror attack, the media has been pouncing on it. To hear most reporters and pundits, it was almost as if the statement were the real tragedy, as opposed to the death of Heather Heyer and the destruction that violent thugs wrought on the city of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Heyer’s mother, however, has a different story to tell. In a statement released to the media, she thanked the president for his stand against hatred and bigotry.
“Thank you, President Trump, for those words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred,” Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, said.
“My condolences, also, to the grieving families of the two state troopers and quick recovering for those injured.”
Susan Bro, mother of Charlottesville attack victim Heather Heyer, thanks Pres. Trump for “denouncing those who promote violence and hatred” pic.twitter.com/E46OnwE5fW
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 14, 2017
Bro’s statement came after the president’s remarks Monday in which he further condemned the violence and hatred on display in Virginia this weekend.
“Racism is evil,” Trump said. “And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
“Two days ago, a young American woman, Heather Heyer, was tragically killed. Her death fills us with grief, and we send her family our thoughts, our prayers, and our love,” he continued. “We also mourn the two Virginia state troopers who died in service to their community, their commonwealth, and their country. Troopers Jay Cullen and Burke Bates exemplify the very best of America, and our hearts go out to their families, their friends, and every member of American law enforcement.
“These three fallen Americans embody the goodness and decency of our nation. In times such as these, America has always shown its true character: responding to hate with love, division with unity, and violence with an unwavering resolve for justice.”
Yet, this is exactly what the media efused to report on, instead sticking with the insane narrative that the president was indifferent to the pain and suffering of the victims of Saturday’s violence — if not stoking the insane conspiracy theory that he was somehow in league with the rabble marching in Virginia.
Regardless of whether you feel the president went far enough with his first statement, it’s somewhat fatuous to say that this was deliberate. There’s no evidence, except of the most base and conspiratorial sort, to suggest that his original failure to mention white supremacists wasn’t a mistake. Now, even the victim’s mother has thanked the president for his statement. Talk about a narrative-changer.
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