The ascent of white supremacy, Day 5

Eileen Sullivan at the Times analyzes Trump’s latest white supremacist rant.

Officials in several states have called for the removal of public monuments that have become symbols of the Confederacy.

The Twitter posts were the latest in his escalating remarks that critics contend validate white supremacist groups who led a bloody rally over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va. The proposed removal of a statute of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park in Charlottesville spurred the demonstrations.

Mr. Trump’s tweets came the morning after his personal lawyer forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that painted Lee in glowing terms and echoed secessionist sentiment from the Civil War era.


Oh, god, how can we even keep up.

On Thursday morning, Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, repeated his criticism of the president’s actions in a series of Twitter posts after Mr. Trump tweeted that Mr. Graham was “publicity seeking.”

“Because of the manner in which you have handled the Charlottesville tragedy you are now receiving praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country. For the sake of our Nation — as our President — please fix this,” Mr. Graham wrote on Twitter.

No. Get him out. 25th Amendment, now.

4 Responses to “The ascent of white supremacy, Day 5”