Why hasn’t Obama or Hillary Clinton denounced the violent riots all over the nation?
It’s been nearly a week since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, but the fires set by rioters protesting Trump’s victory still rage. These riots aren’t being orchestrated in cities that Trump won, nor are they being perpetrated by people who voted for his presidency.
Quite the opposite. The riots are happening in Portland, Los Angeles, and New York City, each of which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton.
At some point, however, the Twitterati decided that it was Trump who either needed to be denounced or do some denouncing himself. At some point, the memo went out that all right-thinking people who of course voted for Hillary Clinton needed to call on Trump to denounce any and all violence going on in America. Because if the violent, anti-Trump protesters are going to listen to anyone, they’re obviously going to listen to Donald Trump.
Soooo, 5 days of violent, racist incidents since he was elected and Trump STILL won't denounce? And this isn't a story…why? Media?
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 13, 2016
There shouldn't be a single interview happening w/ Trump where the 1st Q is not "Do you denounce the hate crimes committed in your name?"
— Eli Yudin (@eliyudin) November 13, 2016
What would it cost Trump supporters to acknowledge & denounce wave of bullying and violence we're seeing? You guys won. Please speak up. https://t.co/AAMToe5Ndf
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) November 11, 2016
In an editorial published just two days after Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States, the New York Times demanded that Trump “denounce the hate”:
In his victory speech early Wednesday morning, Donald Trump pledged that he ‘will be president for all Americans,’ and he asked those who did not support him ‘for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.’
Here’s some guidance right off the bat, Mr. President-elect: Those sentiments will have more force if you immediately and unequivocally repudiate the outpouring of racist, sexist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic and homophobic insults, threats and attacks being associated with your name. Do this in a personal plea to people who supported your candidacy. Tell them this is not what you stand for, nor is it what your new administration will tolerate.