President Trump has been eviscerated by liberals, the mainstream media, and even members of his own party for what they saw as a failure to adequately condemn political violence on the right.
But when the shoe was on the other foot, Democrats were given a free pass–despite refusing to condemn leftist political violence, or their own racial supremacy groups.
Just 36 hours after an avowed Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on a field of Republican Members of Congress in Alexandria, Virginia–critically wounding Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.)–House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed Republicans for suggesting that violent liberal rhetoric could have played a role in the attack on her colleagues.
“I think that the comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous, beneath the dignity of the job that they hold, beneath the dignity of the respect that we would like Congress to command,” said Pelosi.
She added: “Really, predicated on their comments and their paid ads. So this sick individual does something despicable and it was horrible what he did, hateful. But for [Republicans] to all of a sudden be sanctimonious as if [they have] never seen such a thing before.”
Pelosi then, ridiculously, blamed President Trump for the attack on members of his own party, adding: “And I don’t even want to go into the President of the United States. But in terms of some of the language that he has used…”
The mainstream media did not ask Pelosi to clarify her remarks, or apologize for refusing to condemn leftist violence, or apologize for blaming violence from rhetoric on (as Trump would later say) “many sides.”
Likewise, then-President Barack Obama was similarly given a free pass after a Black Lives Matter activist killed 5 police officers with sniper fire during a protest in Dallas in July 2016.
Like Trump did in Charlottesville, Obama condemned political violence in the abstract—but, just as Trump later neglected to call out white supremacy by name, Obama refused to specifically condemn Black Lives Matter.
Unsurprisingly, no one in the media batted an eye when Obama instead shifted his rhetoric to the left’s favorite scapegoat: gun control.
“There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement,” said Obama. He added, “We also know when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic. In the days ahead, we will have to consider those realities as well.”
Obama got another free pass after a Muslim man, who had sworn allegiance to ISIS, opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. The man, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people–but Obama refused to condemn radical Islam or ISIS.
Instead, he again shifted the conversation back to gun safety.
“Those who were killed and injured here were gunned down by a single killer with a powerful assault weapon,” said Obama. “The motives of this killer may have been different than the mass shooters in Aurora or Newtown, but the instruments of death were so similar…”
He added, “Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families and explain why that makes sense. They should meet with the Newtown families, some of whom Joe [Biden] saw yesterday, whose children would now be finishing fifth grade, on why it is that we think our liberty requires these repeated tragedies.”
President Trump’s initial statement on the Charlottesville attacks should have specifically condemned white supremacy. Just as President Obama’s statements on Dallas should have condemned Black Lives Matter. Just as Obama’s statements on Orlando should have condemned radical Islam. And just as Nancy Pelosi’s statements on Alexandria should have condemned leftist political violence.
But, instead, Trump and conservatives got another dose of double standards from both the liberal left and the mainstream media.