Should Trump have condemned the "white supremacists" at the Charlottesville fracas?
He probably should have -- if there were any there. The only evidence that I have seen put forward so far is that there was a peaceful torchlit procession at another time in another place. I guess we have to call that media logic. No court would convict anybody of anything on such flimsy "evidence". And can the marchers be collectively condemned for the deeds of one man in a car? I think the difficulties in so doing are obvious.
Nonetheless the media and some RINOs are criticizing Trump's statesmanlike response of condemning all violence from all sides.
But the fact that there was a peaceful torchlit procession through the University of Virginia the night before the fracas proves only one thing and even for that we have to make an unproven assumption. If the marchers on the two occasions were the same (an assumption), it shows that the marchers were peaceful until attacked by Antifa goons. Antifa protesters came equipped with bats, sticks, and flame throwers. The marchers were entitled to hit back at the Antifa goons and they did. It was not they who turned up with violent intent.
And a parade of torches proves nothing. I have some of those torches myself, which I use to light up backyard feasts at night. In a parade, they are just an attention-getting device and have been used by many groups in many places in a perfectly peaceful and non-ideological manner. Google "torchlit procession" if you doubt it.
And the march was organised to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. So was probably comprised overwhelmingly of Southern patriots honoring their forefathers rather than any "racist" cause.
History is written by the victors so most people still believe the propaganda that the North/South war was fought to free the slaves. Yet, in his famous letter to Horace Greeley, Lincoln himself said that slavery was not the issue. "The union" was the basic cause. 600,000 young Americans had to die to preserve Yankee dominance over the South. So Southerners have cause to remember and honor their forebears.
In my view it is the Leftist thugs of Antifa whom Trump should have particularly condemned. They turned a peaceful march into a violent occasion.