SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - There is no place in America for bigotry and hatred. Not now, not ever. I don't think I can state this any more clearly.
What happened in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend is beyond comprehension. The rallies that were held had little, to nothing to do with a statue of Robert E. Lee. No, those rallies were an opportunity for hate mongers, feeling empowered by the current political climate, to spread a message of fear and hate that no one wants to hear.
And when thousands showed up in mass to make that clear to these people, they did the only thing their feeble minds would allow them to do. They became violent, and eventually deadly, killing at least one counter-protestor.
Consider this: if there were ever a time we needed a statement of fire and fury from our president, Saturday was the day. Instead, we got political waffling and positioning. While the president condemned violence and bigotry, he refused to acknowledge that it was coming from the White Supremacy groups, the Neo-Nazis and the Klansmen gathered in Virginia. There are not many sides to this. There is right and wrong. Period.
And as long as Steve Bannon, a long vocal supporter of the Alt-Right, to which most of these hate groups align themselves, has the president's ear and a seat at the Oval Office table, this problem will only get worse before it gets better.
Mr. Trump must denounce these groups and their actions by name and he must remove Bannon from the White House and his inner circle.
Anything less than that will make his campaign promise to make America great again as hollow as his promises for health care reform and a border wall paid by Mexico.