Watch this @vicenews @hbo special on Charlottsville. Donald Trump ran a campaign fueling this hatred and emboldening extremists (such as the white supremacists responsible for the terrorism in Charlottesville this weekend), while fueling the defensiveness of truly vulnerable groups. All of this served to drive the wedge deeper.
Those who voted for Trump, voted for hate; played games with their votes in not voting for the "just as evil Clinton", voted for hate. As vile as this is, none of it is surprising. What did you think would happen? The only silver lining - if we can call it that - is that this hate is out in the open as it otherwise would not be. It has existed across America for some time, lurking in the shadows, and is absolutely nothing new.
Just earlier, it was reported that a Marine veteran was among the supremacists. AS IF that's a revelation! Not the values I served in the Corps to defend, but sadly came to this realization hearing President Obama called a "monkey"/"nig--r" by many Marines and servicemembers I encountered on a daily basis. Obama needed a ridiculous amount of security to come onto the base, for fear Marines would kill him FOR BEING BLACK. It goes without saying that Dillon Irizarry (Dillon Ulysses Hopper) of Vanguard America is a coward and leader not of a political organization but an extremist cult, and is far from being a U.S. Marine.
Now would be a great time to see some leadership in addressing it head-on. Instead, 45 decides to condone the white supremacists' behavior by stating that "they had permits". America might just have been woken up. #fucktrump#notmypresident#donaldtrump#nationaldisgrace#nationalembarassment#charlottesville#resist#thisisnotus#callingouthate#vanguardamerica#dillonirizarry#fightforthevulnerable#spreadlove#marinecorps#SemperFi#vice#vicenews#hbo (photo credit: @vicenews @vice)