In which Roosevelt didn’t blame the victims

Outrage and mitigation from presidents

This is what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said about the Nazis who murdered French hostages on October 25, 1941:

“The Nazis might have learned from the last war the impossibility of breaking men’s spirit by terrorism. Instead they develop their “lebensraum” and “new order” by depths of frightfulness which even they have never approached before. These are the acts of desperate men who know in their hearts that they cannot win.”

This is what President Donald John Trump said about the 2nd and 3rd generation of those Nazis who murdered — yes, murdered, as good friend of the blog David Blatt reminds us — Heather Heyer, on August 12, 2017:

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”

On many sides.

A football player took a knee, an actor put on a wig and impersonated him, a comedian held a prop, students locked arms around a statue of Thomas Jefferson, protestors interrupted his campaign rallies, African Americans complained about their treatment at the hands of cops, lawyers protected scared immigrants at airports, reporters wrote stories.

No pro-Nazi group thought Roosevelt’s comments were “really, really good” or blessed him after he spoke.

This past weekend, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the descendants and apologists for those race purifiers and murderers, along with a polluted and cacophonous assortment of white supremacists and bigots and anti-Semites, weren’t protesting — they were celebrating. The president of the United States was on their parade route.

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