The president arrived to a lectern assembled at his New Jersey golf club on Saturday afternoon shortly after at least one person was killed and 19 others were injured when a car sped into counterprotestors opposing a Charlottesville, Virginia, demonstration by white nationalists and other far-right activists. He’d been scheduled to speak about Veterans Affairs, but first, he said, he wanted to discuss the violence he was “closely following” several hundred miles south.
What came next was not a condemnation of white nationalism or white supremacism or Nazism or racism or any other synonym for the ideology of the primarily white men wielding torches to express their opposition to Charlottesville’s decision to remove Confederate symbols from the town. Instead, he said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
The White House has not responded to a request to explain why the president — who for many years lanced political leaders who declined to use the term, “radical Islamic terror” — couldn’t put a name to the hate groups visible in Virginia.
While we wait for their answer, which I’m sure is coming soon, here’s a brief and certainly incomplete collection of some of the various people, things, and entities that the president has spoken out against by name since taking office:
— Opinion polls that are unflattering to him;
— The “fake news” media;
— Specifically “CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYTIMES & WAPO”;
— The “fake” reporting on his campaign’s potential collusion with Russia;
— The “witch hunt” that is the investigation into his campaign’s potential collusion with Russia;
— The FBI;
— “Fake tears” Cryin’ Chuck Schumer;
— Nancy Pelosi;
— Barack Obama;
— John Podesta;
— North Korea;
— Morning Joe;
— Snoop Dogg;
— Mark Cuban;
— The idea that his first 100 days in office were of symbolic significance.