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Bay Area tech giants take action in wake of Trump's Charlottesville response

Bay Area tech giants take action in wake of Trump's Charlottesville response

"I think they do".

Politicians in Germany, which has tough laws against hate speech and any symbols linked to the Nazis who murdered 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, expressed shock at the images of people in Charlottesville, Virginia carrying swastikas and chanting anti-Jewish slurs. "Not surprisingly, African Americans and Latinos do not feel the president has their back, but, of note, many white Americans are not in the president's corner either". Trump showed a fondness for loudly calling out companies on Twitter, but most absorbed the punches and promised to hire more people in the USA while touting plans to build more factories and other facilities. The media and some lawmakers took that to mean that the president was equating neo-Nazis with the counter protesters.

Led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, a senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, the censure resolution says Mr. Trump did a disservice to the country when he blamed "many sides" for the violence that erupted. An alleged white supremacist plowed his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, and injuring at least 19.

Graham, the SC senator who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and has been critical of Trump, said in a statement Wednesday that Trump "took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white-supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer".

And William Johnson, a white nationalist, told NBC News' Jacob Soboroff on Wednesday he was thrilled by what Trump said. "We have a festering racial problem that's only going to get worse". Others have noted that the whole point of many of these Confederate monuments was to celebrate white supremacy during the Jim Crow era.

"He is the most honest president since George Washington and the cherry tree", Johnson said.

Indeed, since Bannon brought Abraham Lincoln into the discussion, let's recall that Lincoln famously hailed Jefferson by saying that his authorship of the Declaration of Independence ("all men are created equal") had given voice to "an abstract truth" that would counter "tyranny and oppression" in all future times, including in the struggle to uproot and destroy slavery. "Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch".

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"It's clear that President Trump's Manufacturing Council was never an effective means for delivering real policy that lifts working families and his remarks today were the last straw", he said.

All these moves, said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, embolden white nationalists.

"President Trump not only failed at condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis, he stood up for them - for that he must be censured".

That's cause for alarm, given the effect that past statements from Trump have had, he added.

Mr Trump had appointed Darwin-born Mr Liveris, chairman and chief executive of Michigan-based Dow Chemical Company, to be the head of the White House advisory group.

Not everyone was upset by Donald Trump's remarks.


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