Total eclipse of the facts: Twitterati on Trump
Trump had blamed the violence in Charlottesville on both white supremacists and counter-protesters. At Phoenix, he defended his response. Photograph: (AFP)
The Twitterati thought Trump lied on Wednesday.
On Tuesday evening (Wednesday morning here in India) at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Trump defended his response to the violence in Charlottesville.
A rally had been organised by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.
A woman was killed after counter-protesters clashed with the white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
Trump was widely panned after he blamed the violence on both sides.
At Phoenix though, he blamed the media for not reporting the whole truth.
This is what he said in Phoenix:
They don't report the facts. Just like they don't want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence.
This is what he said on August 12 after Charlottesville:
But we're closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Va ... We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.
The media was quick to jump on the fact that Trump completely omitted having blamed "many, many sides" for the violence in Charlottesville.
While the Twitterati swamped their feeds with what they think of Trump's crucial omission:
Everything about the #PhoenixRally is a hoax, a fraud. Trump is lying about his own words to people he paid, while he re-writes reality.— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) August 23, 2017
As a mother, it's extraordinary to feel I can no longer allow my child to listen to the President of the United States speak. #PhoenixRally— LisaMarie (@indianaoldsoul) August 23, 2017
"He painted himself as a victim; the only victim in Charlottesville was Heather Heyer. He barely mentioned her," Don Lemon #PhoenixRally— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 23, 2017
"What we witnessed is a total eclipse of the facts. The president lied and rewrote history. It's unhinged," Don Lemon on #PhoenixRally— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 23, 2017
Congress cannot ignore this madness any longer: Trump is completely divorced from reality and is very likely insane. #PhoenixRally— Bill Madden (@activist360) August 23, 2017
Don't be fooled by any Charlottesville apologies.— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) August 23, 2017
Promising a Sheriff Joe pardon is the loudest dog whistle at Petco.#PhoenixRally
If it siegs like nazi, and heils like a nazi, it just might be a nazi.#PhoenixRally— Frederick Douglass (@HITEXECUTIVE) August 23, 2017
At #PhoenixRally, my words & made up facts were perfect! That I can tell you. I looked mentally stable & didn’t look unhinged! Unbelievable!— Donald J. Trump (@RealDonaldTrFan) August 23, 2017
Look at that rally. Doctors, teachers, police. Just ordinary people. That's how it starts. That's how Nazism broke through.#PhoenixRally— Charles Clymer????? (@cmclymer) August 23, 2017
That moment when u can't get away from the loud drunk guy at the bar, then realize you're not at a bar. And he's president. #PhoenixRally— Rebecca Irwin (@rebecca_msw) August 23, 2017
He's defending the confederacy now.— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) August 23, 2017
This is a Klan rally now.
I'm out folks.#PhoenixRally
We wish we could put a wall between you and us, Donald. That's the only wall I want. #PhoenixRally— Veronica (@verommg12) August 23, 2017