In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to qualify exactly whom the President speaks for with regard to America’s values in the aftermath of multiple white supremacy rallies that have gained national attention.
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) August 27, 2017
Tillerson’s response was in reference to a United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which took issue with how Trump responded to the “pro-white rally” in Charlottesville, Virginia. After 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a deranged neo-Nazi plowed his car into a group of counterprotestors, Trump blamed the violence on “many sides,” effectively equating the white supremacists with those who showed up to peacefully oppose them.
Trump went a step further by then defending his remarks at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona by reading his prepared remarks condemning the violence but omitting the “many sides” remark at the heart of the controversy.
The fact that Trump’s own Secretary of State seems unwilling to endorse the President’s words as spoken on behalf of the country speaks volumes. In Trump’s eagerness to pander to the most extreme members of his base, he seems to have alienated nearly everyone from moderate Americans to his own cabinet.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.