Opinion

WATCH: Why Trump Won't Condemn White Supremacists

All Trump he could muster after Saturday's upheaval in Charlottesville was a condemnation of hatred and violence 'on many sides.' Why won't he call it what it is?

In a video op-ed, Ben Samuels asks why Trump won't condemn white nationalists in Charlottesville.
In a video op-ed, Ben Samuels asks why Trump won't condemn white nationalists in Charlottesville. Haaretz

Donald Trump isn't known for mincing his words.  

After Saturday's violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, however, all he could muster was a condemnation of the "egregious display of hated, bigotry and violence on many sides." Somehow, the president of the United States managed to avoid explicitly condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis proudly marching in American streets. 

His pathetic false equivalency stands in stark contrast to his non-filtered condemnation of radicalism and terror – as long as it was motivated by Islam.

On Saturday, reporters asked him: "Mr. President, do you want the support of these white nationalist groups who say they support you? Have you denounced them strongly enough? A car plowing into people – would you call that terrorism sir?"

Trump's silence spoke louder than any of his empty denunciations.