National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster appeared as a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd on Sunday morning and their conversation revolved around Saturday terrible events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
McMaster gave voice to something that many in the media have been wondering about in recent days as they’ve wondered if the violence in Charlottesville can be considered a “terrorist attack.”
Interestingly, while this is a similar question to the one that conservatives often asked of the Obama administration whenever an attack happened under his watch, the Trump administration has been quick to answer their media critiques in the affirmative. While the Obama administration hid behind euphemisms like “workplace violence” and blaming terrorism on global warming, the Trump administration has no problem admitting that it’s not just Muslim extremists who commit terrorists acts.
Listen as McMaster explains:
“I certainly think any time that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism. It meets the definition of terrorism. We have to do that by asking ourselves what are we teaching our children around the dinner table. What are we teaching our children in school? We ought to be teaching them about what makes America exceptional, and that’s our commitment to the rights of every individual, liberty, freedom, respect for each other regardless of race, religion, and so forth.”
President Trump has taken some criticism for not condemning the racism of the white supremacists, white nationalists, and alt-right protesters strongly enough. For what it’s worth, I agree, the President should have come out against the alt-right and racist elements much more strongly, but he did criticize them in his statement after the attack.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, this has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society. And no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time. I just got off the phone with the governor of Virginia, Terry Mcauliffe, and we agree that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
After some early criticism the President did come out more forcefully against the racism of the alt-right and the white supremacists. Now if we could just get the left to recognize that they should be criticizing Antifa and the violent mobs that burn, destroy, and use violence to intimidate the people they disagree with. But i’m not holding my breath…