‘We are in an age of fear’: The Trump administration’s response to the Charlottesville violence
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By Jessica Taylor-GilesThe president’s top legislative priority in the weeks since the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
That’s because many Republicans who control the Senate are likely to vote against it.
The White House has also promised a number of legislative changes to address the unrest, including a plan to overhaul the tax code, the Keystone XL pipeline, the environment, and more.
But it’s clear that the president is not interested in listening to those who are concerned about his administration’s handling of the situation.
On Tuesday, the White House released a new executive order calling on the public to call the President and his team if they have any questions about the violence in Charlottesville.
“It is my duty as commander in chief to ensure the safety and security of our people, our allies and our fellow Americans,” the president wrote.
He did not mention the fact that his own Justice Department has not yet responded to the civil unrest and violence in Virginia.”
That’s why I’ve directed the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to provide additional resources and expertise to assist law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal partners with their investigations into the events in Charlottesville.”
He did not mention the fact that his own Justice Department has not yet responded to the civil unrest and violence in Virginia.
The White House’s order also suggested that the President’s office may seek to bring civil rights charges against people who participated in the violence.
It did not explicitly say the President would do that, but it’s not inconceivable.
Trump has repeatedly called for criminal charges against those who were responsible for the violence, but the idea of an outside prosecutor looking into a federal investigation is unlikely.
The FBI is still investigating the violence as well as a separate, far larger civil rights investigation by the Department for the Civil Rights Division.
It’s unclear whether Trump is trying to hold the Justice Department accountable or is simply trying to get the public’s attention.
The new executive orders do not specify whether anyone would be investigated.
But it is not hard to imagine the Attorney General or the FBI, or anyone else, coming under scrutiny.
A few hours after the order was released, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement saying that the order is a “pre-emptive move” and that the White White House would “continue to work with our partners in Congress to address these urgent issues.”
By Jessica Taylor-GilesThe president’s top legislative priority in the weeks since the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has…