The following excerpt was written by Sarah Kendzior, an expert on authoritarianism, in the Globe and Mail.
On Saturday, after one person was killed and many were injured after a white supremacist drove into a crowd of Americans protesting a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump said this:
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” he said, then added: “On many sides.”
But there are not many sides to Charlottesville. There is the anti-racist activist who was killed, and the white supremacist who killed her. There is the mob chanting the Nazi cry of “blood and soil,” and the citizens demanding equality and respect. There is the confederacy, and there is the United States. There are the torches of neo-Nazis and the torch of the Statue of Liberty. There is Donald Trump and there is patriotism.
There is one right side, and the President is not on it.