Opinion: The president has appropriately condemned hate groups

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, calls on a reporter while meeting the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The sky is blue. Does the president have to repeat that fact day-in-and-day-out for us to believe it? No, he does not.

Last weekend, a combination of disgusting hate groups marched through Charlottesville, Virginia. An innocent woman, Heather Heyer, was killed. A man connected to the hate group is under arrest for her murder. Scores of others were injured. There were also counter-protests. In response, the president has said the following:

“No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. We must love each other, show affection for each other, and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans,” Trump said during a news conference Tuesday.

“Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

For some reason, for many expressing outrage, that is not good enough. They are unhappy with the timing of the comments or the fact that the president, correctly, acknowledged that there is hate and violence from the left as well.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and three others shot on an Alexandria baseball field in June have the bullet wounds to prove that there is plenty of hate and violence coming from the left. Let’s not forget that James Hodgkinson, the shooter, was a left-wing activist.

The bottom line is this. I am Jewish. Members of my family died in the Holocaust. My parents, grandparents and I came to this beautiful country as refugees from anti-Semitism. I know what it is like to live in a country where the leaders are anti-Semitic. This is not it.

The president stating the fact that the fringes of the left and the right are both capable of hate and violence does not mean he is condoning any of it.

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