Editorials Roundup: “America’s bigot in chief”

President Trump once again showed his true colors this week in the aftermath of a domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, VA that led to death of 32 year-old Heather Heyer. Instead of strongly denouncing the acts of terrorism committed by white supremacists and neo-Nazi sympathizers, Trump equated the racist white nationalists, KKK members, and neo-Nazis who marched in support of a Confederate monument to the peaceful counter-protesters like Heyer who came to show the world their city is not hateful.

Of course, this isn’t new behavior from President Trump. He has long shown us who he is,what he represents and whose side he’s really on. Nevertheless, editorial boards across this country urged their readers this week to stand up and condemn the misplaced hate and flagrant racism that Trump and his white supremacist followers are spewing.

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Chicago Sun-Times: Why won’t Republicans call out Trump on North Korea?

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American Bridge Statement on Steve Bannon 

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement after it was reported that Steve Bannon has left his position in the White House as Donald Trump’s chief strategist: 

“Steve Bannon should’ve never been on White House payroll in the first place and his departure doesn’t mean much. Trump is still going to empower white supremacists with his rhetoric, with Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka, and countless there cheering him on. Until Republicans collectively take a firm stand against Trump’s bigotry, nothing is going to change.”

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New Video Overlays Trump’s Words with Charlottesville Violence 

Video is accompanied by 45-page report detailing Trump Administration’s ties to white supremacists

A new 30-second video entitled “Both Sides” from Bridge Project pairs President Donald Trump’s own words and record with images of the violence and hate he defended this week.  As video of the neo-Nazis, KKK, and other violent white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville over the weekend plays across the screen, Trump is heard defending them as “very fine people.”

The video is accompanied by a new, 45-page report, “Uniting the Right: The Trump Administration & White Supremacists,” that outlines how Trump has stacked his administration with extremists who have similar ties and support for white supremacists. Starting with his comments at Trump Tower this week, it works backward towards his inauguration in January, chronicling actions like his administration shifting funding away from anti-white supremacists organizations and appointing officials with their own record of bigotry.

Watch “Both Sides,” here.
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Trump and Pence Obamacare sabotage leads to 57% premium hike in Iowa

​”Make no mistake: this 57% spike in premiums is a direct result of Donald Trump and Mike Pence sabotaging the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. Now Iowa families are going to suffer the consequences,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “America’s doctors, healthcare providers, health insurers, business leaders, and patient advocates have urged the Trump Administration to end the needless financial distress that this chaos is causing for middle class Americans – but every day Donald Trump and Mike Pence show nothing but indifference to this suffering.”

Des Moines Register: Iowa’s only remaining Obamacare insurer seeks another big rate hike
Jason Clayworth, jclayworth@dmreg.com

Iowans who buy their own health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange would see their rates increase nearly 57 percent next year under a revised rate proposed Wednesday.

The proposal is 13 percentage points higher than previously was estimated by Medica, the one remaining carrier selling individual policies in Iowa […]

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Trump Stands With White Supremacists

All across the country, Americans woke up this morning to the front page news that President Trump once again defended white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK and their violent march in Charlottesville, VA. Again, President Trump blamed violence on “both sides,” remarks that earned him the thanks and praise of white supremacist leaders like David Duke and Richard Spencer

Here’s a sampling of today’s front pages: 

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Editorial Boards Across The Country Condemn Trump Response To White Supremacists

All across the country, editorial boards have been slamming President Trump’s failed response to the events in Charlottesville, VA — and that was BEFORE his Trump Tower press conference today, where he doubled down on his support for white supremacists, KKK members, and neo-Nazis marching in protest of removing a Confederate statue. First, Trump claimed violence occurred on “many sides,” then he briefly corrected under intense pressure, but he today again reverted back to his disgusting defense of those who brought violence to the city, leaving Heather Heyer and two Virginia State Troopers dead and many others injured.

It is clear when it comes to white supremacists whose side President Trump is really on and Americans everywhere are watching.

San Francisco Chronicle: Trump’s resounding silence on bigotry

On Monday, at long last, President Trump named “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists” and other tiki-torch-brandishing dead-enders whose Robert E. […]

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Trump Takes “Many Sides” To A New Low

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement on Donald Trump defending white supremacists:

“Donald Trump has repeatedly shown us who he is, and no one should be surprised that he is again using his office to defend white supremacists and neo-Nazis. Trump’s behavior is beneath the dignity of the Presidency and at odds with our American values, and until Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan do something about it, they are complicit.”

 

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