President Donald Trump’s remarks following Saturday’s clash — between a planned “Unite the Right” march and counter-protesters whose ranks included Antifa — left some questioning whether he had been harsh enough on the white supremacist organizers of the march.
Some critics even claimed that the president had stopped just short of outright endorsing the marchers.
When former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke spoke out, cheering the president’s remarks, CNN’s Chris Cillizza called him out:
When David Duke is praising you, it might be time to re-examine what you’re doing with your life https://t.co/pTrhxcoRn1
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) August 16, 2017
Positing that Trump’s response to Charlottesville, Virginia, amounted to “moral failure,” Cillizza wrote:
Take Trump’s attempt to make a slippery slope argument about the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville.
“So this week it’s Robert E. Lee,” he said. “I noticed that Stonewall Jackson’s coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you all — you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
Equating the first president of the United States with a Confederate general who led a rebellion against his country is, um, not intellectually honest. (Trump knows that.)
Know who liked Trump’s relativism on Robert E. Lee? None other than Duke, perhaps the most high-profile white supremacist in the country. “Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa,” Duke tweeted, with a link to a clip in which Trump made the Robert E. Lee – George Washington comparison.
When David Duke is praising you, it might be time to re-examine what you’re doing with your life.
But Cillizza apparently forgot that Duke has endorsed or praised a number of people that he has failed to challenge in the same manner: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), for example, who currently assists DNC Chairman Tom Perez as co-chair:
Oh look, David Duke tweet endorsing Keith Ellison 😱 pic.twitter.com/82BjzQ2kMF
— Liz (@howcaniNOT) August 16, 2017
David Duke gave a really nice endorsement to Keith Ellison In February. Keith should take your advice. https://t.co/FcLOFIxNcp
— TweethBeTold (@TweethBeTold) August 16, 2017
Cillizza made no such public plea to Ellison. In fact, a quick Twitter search reveals that he only tweeted about the “outspoken liberal” once — and then only because Perez’s wild speeches were starting to make Ellison appear tame by comparison:
Remember how Tom Perez was the safe alternative to outspoken liberal Keith Ellison?https://t.co/7zy0tXw4el
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) April 24, 2017
And a few others pointed out that if endorsement is reason enough for condemnation:
Can you point me to your hand wringing over the communist party endorsing Mr. Obama? #propagandist
— Jim (@WontComply) August 16, 2017
Did you offer your pearls of wisdom to Obama when black racist white hater Farrakhan, extolled high praise on him,called him worlds hope?
— Rosecake🌹 (@Rosecake) August 16, 2017
And there’s always one guy who straight up tells it like it is:
Chris, David Duke would endorse a ham sandwich for $100
— William Marion (@BayouWizard) August 16, 2017