Summer Games for the Resistance

What would the Resistance and the NeverTrumpers do without white supremacists and neo-nazis? Well, a lot, actually: and that’s what they’ve been doing ever since Donald Trump won the election. They even call themselves the Resistance. They are resisting a duly elected president: they write editorials in the nation’s major newspapers and news networks, and they stonewall the president’s actions in Washington. Those activities of the Resistance have real consequences. They affect the political business of the nation. They impede the operation of our democratically elected government.

Line them up against a handful of nasty people promoting white supremacy and neo-nazism and it puts—or to any fair-minded person should put—the president’s statements about the weekend events in Charlottesville, Virginia in perspective.

Which is not to suggest—obviously—that there should be any condoning of the killings or the violence that occurred there. And, of course, there hasn’t been.

But the Resistance was not satisfied with the wording of the president’s statement in response to the weekend events. This was President Trump’s first response: “We condemn in the strong possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”

The anti-Trump complaint is that by saying “many sides” the president failed to limit his condemnation to the white supremacists. And that is true. But why shouldn’t he condemn all violence? Do we believe that attacking white supremacists is okay?

According to the New York Times:

In Charlottesville, established groups like the local chapter of Black Lives Matter, as well as liberal and anarchist groups, started planning their response in June when activists learned that the Ku Klux Klan would be marching in the city … said Nathan Moore …. “It’s been a real summer of hate here.”

In a “real summer of hate” it might seem like a good idea to condemn all violence.

Nathan Moore, you may be interested to know, is (the Times reports) a member of the steering committee of Together Cville, a Resistance group that formed shortly after the presidential election.

Suppose no one had shown up to oppose the crackpot white supremacists and confront them? Put otherwise, if a tree falls in the forest and the New York Times and CNN fail to cover the event, did it really happen? And is there, therefore, any danger to the body politic?

According to the Times, Laura Goldblatt, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, said that some kind of response in the street was necessary because history has shown that “ignoring white supremacy, in terms of shutting your doors and not coming out to confront them, has been a really dangerous strategy.”

Really? Do sentient people actually think that white supremacists and neo-nazis constitute a serious danger to the United States of America?

President Trump’s second statement was more inclusive in its condemnation: “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.”

It is true that President Trump probably should have led with that statement, if only to have made it more difficult for the Left to posture. But Trump is not yet finely attuned to the wicked ways of Washington and the Left-wing Resistance.

Remember that the Left, when the Black Lives Matter movement became popular, was—or pretended to be—offended when others said that all lives matter. Inclusiveness is a one-way street, apparently.

What’s going on here, obviously, is that the Resistance is trying to link the Trump Administration to whatever hate groups are successful in getting national attention. The New York Times even went so far as to opine that Trump has “embraced” the hate groups. And the more attention the media can give to hate groups, the more they can use them to attempt to discredit President Trump.

Nevertheless, it is fair to say the president’s first response could have been stronger.

That being said, when Merck Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier resigned from the president’s American Manufacturing Council, saying he was taking a stand against intolerance and extremism, President Trump tweeted: “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”

It’s a bit of a stretch to say that the whole Leftist attack on the president over the Charlottesville business was worth the opportunity to get off that tweet. But if the Resistance wonders why Trump remains popular with his people, they should study his reaction to adversity.


About Daniel Oliver

Daniel Oliver is chairman of the board of the Education and Research Institute and a director of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco. In addition to serving as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission under President Reagan, he was executive editor and subsequently chairman of the board of William F. Buckley Jr.’s National Review. Email him at

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11 responses to “Summer Games for the Resistance”

  1. I’m a conservative Jew. To lump the “Left” together isn’t good, though.

    Yes, Antifa is shameful. Despicable. Anti-Semites. But there are a lot of moral people on the “Left” that aren’t into anarchy, communism and burning everything down every chance they get.

    And what of Bannon, Miller and their ilk in the WH? They seem pretty hateful. So, there’s your link from Trump to the group for which you say there’s no connection.

    Sentient and sane people didn’t think Hitler was a threat at first either. Lots of Jews stayed. It was just a phase. Now in Germany anything nazi-related is hit down immediately.

    The first statement by Trump wasn’t enough. Yesterday’s statement was shameful.

    • ” But there are a lot of moral people on the “Left” that aren’t into
      anarchy, communism and burning everything down every chance they get.”

      That’s true, I think, but ‘terminally ignorant’ or ‘flat-out stupid’ — about the only other choice — isn’t a badge of honor.

      • What do you mean “only other choice”? Genuinely curious what you meant. Maybe I’m not reading it correctly.

    • The left has been fascist since the French Revolution. The National Socialists are not, and have never been a part of the Right, as the name indicates. National Socialists and International Socialists have been killing each other since the 1920s. What happened in Charlottesville has nothing to do with anyone on the right.

  2. Nothing bad happened the last time people decided to ignore Nazis in the hope they would just go away.

    • Learn your history.

      No one ‘decided to ignore Nazis’ last time. In fact, it was, in Germany, the very same extremism on both sides we are seeing today that helped propel the Nazis to power over more moderate parties that seemed incapable of restoring order. And, subsequently, it was a combination of fear of a repeat of the horrors of 1914-18 and, in France particularly, a political system paralyzed by extremist factions on both sides, that allowed Hitler to rebuild and then bully his neighbours unopposed by those in a position to stop him. It was fears, not hopes, that led to WWII.

    • The ACLU fought tooth and nail for Nazis to have the right to march in this country. You don’t like it got take it up with them.

  3. The Never Trump virtue signalers have discovered AG’s comments section. There was nothing wrong with either of Trump’s statements, and he was right to criticize violence from all sides. We are in dangerous territory when we openly excuse violence against anyone because they disagree with us no matter how repugnant those beliefs might be. As long as racists, Marxists, communists, Nazis, or whoever obey the law and protest peacefully, they have the right as Americans to do so free from fear of being assaulted. Anything less than that, and you’re complicit with fascist tactics to silence disagreement by violence.

  4. All of this is just part of a Jscum agenda to attempt to remove Trump from office, and it will fail as all attempts before this have failed. The big question is ; When is America to going to DEPORT the REAL troublemakers who are doing the orchestrating ?