Over at the Federalist there is a thoughtful piece about the reason why Conservatives should not play the game of the media when it comes to the condemnation of whatever racist condemnation they are demanding. The reason is because it is a trick that cannot be won.
When a Republican does condemn the violence the press wants condemned, then they get the football yanked from them like Lucy and Charlie Brown, having their motives and sincerity questioned. It’s a no win game, yet many continue to do it: Rubio, Bush, McCain, Romney, etc.
The author of the piece claims that Trump should not play that game either, and instead say something like this:
“White supremacy is not an ideology that falls on the extreme right end of the American political spectrum. Just like violence in the name of leftism, white supremacy is nothing other than hatred and idiocy masquerading as ideology and conviction. Those who espouse these views have not taken the principles of one political party and corrupted them. They have simply embraced the doctrine of demons—the belief that man can build utopia by aiming violence and hatred at his neighbor.
“Therefore there is no need for whataboutism today. I don’t need the media or Democrats to rebuke the terror of self-identified leftists before I can speak against the violence of those who claim to be members of the Right. White supremacists already stand condemned according to the law of God, and that’s all I need to condemn them as well.
“In conclusion, I’d like to say something to those who approve of the hatred that we saw in Charlottesville last weekend. And I will speak loudly and clearly, so that they can hear me above the rumbling of the washing machine in their mothers’ basements: I am not your friend, and I oppose your agenda. If you want to air your diseased doctrines before the world in a peaceful manner, you have that right and I trust that the marketplace of ideas will leave you irrelevant.
“If, however, you want to pair those hateful thoughts with hateful deeds, you should trust that my administration will leave you in prison as we continue to Make America Great Again for all her citizens.”
The problem with this is that Trump has already said much of this. It does not matter. The author suggests that not responding to these accusations by the media and others would be appropriate. But, the time for silence is long gone and passed. It never worked.
What we need for public deliberation is public defenses. In that, Trump is pitch perfect.