President finally speaks from the heart. Former KKK leader says, ‘Thank you’

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Our ahistorical president is late to everything.

On Feb. 1, President Trump saluted black abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who died in 1895, as “an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.”

In March, at a Women’s Empowerment Panel at the White House, he lauded suffragette icon Susan B. Anthony — “Have you heard of Susan B. Anthony? I’m shocked that you’ve heard of her.”

So really, is it any surprise that Trump was unforgivably tardy in linking white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK to the death Saturday of a counter-protester at a pro-white-supremacy “Unite the Right” demonstration Saturday in Virginia?

“Obviously, the alt-right has come so far in the last two years, in terms of public exposure,” Spencer said. “Is Donald Trump one of the major causes of that? Of course…. We were connected to Donald Trump on a psychic level.”

White people, he said, have been dispossessed “over the course of decades,” and the dispossession is not just demographic but moral — “the delegitimization of the white man.”

“At some point,” Spencer said, “there was going to be a reckoning. And Donald Trump is part of that, and the alt-right is part of that as well.”

There should be a reckoning. But not on behalf of whiny white people frustrated because they sense their racial privilege is slipping away.

American citizens must stand up and say they have had enough of the hatred and bigotry that has animated the rise of Donald Trump, and empowered racist ideologues like Spencer.

That is the reckoning this country needs.

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UPDATES:

3:20 p.m.: This article has been updated with Tuesday comments from Trump.

This article originally published at 4:30 p.m. Monday


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