I think an important point needs to be made. Yes, antifa are violent thugs who purposefully hurt innocent people to make a political point. They should be condemned by everyone, and the people comparing them to WWII vets are insulting the brave men who stormed the beaches of Normandy.
The problem with Trump’s statement yesterday is not that antifa are the good guys; they’re not. The problem is that that is not the issue at hand. There is a time and place to condemn antifa, and it is not after a white supremacist murders a woman.
There were people wearing MAGA hats mixed in with those waving swastika flags and chanting racist slogans. The organizers of the rally publicly claim Trump as an ally. The country needed to hear the president disavow any association with those who idolize America’s greatest sin or our greatest enemy. Instead he claimed many of those on the side with swastikas were “very fine people.” This completely nullifies earlier statements that did condemn racist groups because it convinces white supremacists that when he disavows them he is just saying what is expected of him but does not mean it.
Whatever you think Trump believes in his heart, the scum who look up to Hitler believe he supports them. Trump’s statement yesterday only reinforced that belief and emboldened them. That is why yesterday’s press conference was so horrifying. That is why Trump cannot be trusted.