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originally posted by: eNumbra
I feel though, it was a highly inappropriate time to talk about "both sides", a woman had just been killed and over a dozen others injured in what video evidence showed to appear pretty deliberate; he could have condemned the violence without blaming anyone, but his statement blamed both sides - seemingly laying blame for the vehicular attack at the feet of the victims. Even without a media conspiracy to destroy the man, that would have been taken badly.
Growing up, if my sister hit me, and I retaliated 10 fold, one of us would have gotten in trouble regardless if she had it coming[/qutoe]
Yes, but blame for the violence would appropriately be laid at both of your feet, regardless of the severity of one over the other. Your parents would not have been wrong to condemn the actions of both of you.
If you remember a few elections back during the republican primary Ron Paul attempted to explain that 9/11 was blowback from our own actions in the Middle East and despite the fact that it was almost 10 years on from the attack, people were quite displeased to hear that - imagine if the Bush had made the same statement on Sept 12th.
Imagine if comparing a terrorist attack that killed 3,000 innocent people to a terrorist attack that killed one innocent person was appropriate. But I digress...
You are creating a strawman logical fallacy here, because in the case of the overall Charlottesville violence, both sides were guilty of participating in violence in some way. All of those people in the WTC and other deaths did nothing to the terrorists who planned the attack, at least not directly. Don't compare apples to toenails.
I highly doubt Trump is a secret NeoNazi, but the man has no sense of tact, and puts his own foot in his mouth rather regularly.
Tact is not a requirement of speaking out against violence--if people are so caught up in being tactful (I.E.: Politically Correct), then they are not adult enough to discuss such topics.