(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Before police had identified the driver of a car that struck and killed one woman and injured 19 others, Republican strategist Ana Navarro had criticized President Donald Trump for not condemning white terrorism harshly enough.
“He needed to have called out the plowing of that car into people as a domestic act of terrorism by white supremacists,” Navarro said on CNN. “Damn it, Donald Trump, call a spade a spade. Call white supremacists white supremacists. Call the KKK, call the Neo-Nazis, call them out by name. The same way that you want to call out Islamic terrorism, and you should, you should call out white supremacist terrorism because it is just as dangerous to the streets of America.”
Watch Navarro criticize the President for his response to the Charlottesville terrorist attack:
The centrist group New America recognized 95 deaths caused by Islamic terrorism and 67 by right wing terrorism in the United States since 9/11. This analysis identifies incidents like the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting, in which the perpetrator was found delusional and incapable to stand trial, as right-wing terrorism alongside the Charleston church shooting, which is a much clearer example of white supremacist violence.
Other Republicans have also asked Trump to specifically identify white supremacists as terrorists.
Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) tweeted in response to the attack.
Mr. President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) expressed the same concern.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 12, 2017
Political commentator Ben Ferguson, in response to Navarro’s criticism of Trump, said the President responded to what he knew about the situation.
“You need to be clear, and you need to be blunt, but I also think we don’t even know who was driving the car yet. We don’t know a lot about the situation. I think the President made it very clear that what happened today was wrong and that those that were responsible are gonna be prosecuted,” Ferguson said.” The President condemned what happened today. He said what happened today was wrong. He said those people are horrible human beings and there’s no place for bigotry.”
But Navarro continued to claim the President’s words were not strong enough.
“His was mealy-mouth and mushy. He did not say the words that America needs to hear. He did not say to them: Stop calling out my name, any of you. This is not what I endorse and you must stop it. He did not say just how strongly he was going to fight about this, and you know what, it took him a really long time to say anything at all. A lot of other political leaders have come out since last night because the disturbing, sad images have been going on since last night. And he remained silent all day while this is going on. He has got a bully pulpit that none of us have, and he needs to use it as President of the United States,” she said.Click here for reuse options!
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