The Great Eclipse

Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st at approximately 2:38 pm my little city will be in the dark. We are one of the cities along the, cue the thunder, “PATH OF TOTALITY”.

Our hotels, and we got a lot of hotels, are sold out. Want to get a dinner reservation Sunday night? Nope. How about lunch on Monday? Nada. Our Police Chief said we will have 100 officers on duty Monday to handle traffic, crowd control and management. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? To me it sounds like we are preparing for the end of the world.

Our local television station even posted a “Planning for your family” list;

  • Buy groceries and fill your car up with gas before the weekend
  • Refill prescriptions ahead of time so you will have needed medication on hand
  • Determine how you will communicate if cell service is down
  • Identify a meeting location in case you get separated from one another

Holy shit! What in the world do they think is going to happen? Have Donald Trump and Steve Bannon figured out a way to hijack the sun? Hold it for ransom unless we drop the Russian investigation?

I remember the last one in 1979. I was in high school and the Principal had all of the students gather out on the football practice field. Me and my friends had a better idea. We went out to the woods and smoked a joint. Then it got dark, real dark. And then we freaked out, stoned, in the woods, the very dark woods. Oh the fun things you get yourself into as an eighteen year old.

I won’t be partaking in the ganja this time, but I do plan on having a cold Left Hand Stout or two, or three in my backyard with my wife and daughter and son in-law who are driving up for the, cue the thunder, “PATH OF TOTALITY”.

The next two Great Eclipses will be in 2024 and 2045. I don’t know where I will be or if I will still be walking on the face of this earth but come Monday I will be ready, car gassed up, cell phone charged, with plenty of cold beer and snacks. Happy Great Eclipse Day everyone!

NASA Total Eclipse 2017

 

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Playing us like a fiddle with the double down

“Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer. Such a disgusting lie. He just can’t forget his election trouncing.The people of South Carolina will remember!” 

“The public is learning (even more so) how dishonest the Fake News is. They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!”

“Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!” – Donald Trump tweets 8-17-17

Want to know what Trump’s base cares about? Want to know who Trump is playing too when he goes off script? Spend an hour or two watching Fox & Friends and Sean Hannity. I know for many of you, me included, a trip to the Proctologist would be more enjoyable than burning brain cells that could be used more productively for say picking our noses but this is the state sponsored news agency. I won’t say Fox News is important, let’s just describe them as relevant.

Trump’s early morning tweets play right into the hands of his Fox & Friends base. He slams my Senator, Lindsey Graham, for taking him to task on the way he handled his statements on Charlottesville and then offers an unveiled threat that voters will remember Graham’s lack of support come reelection time.

He offers one of his daily digs at the media, which assuredly excludes Fox News because, well they are the state sponsored news agency. Do you hear the constant drip, drip, drip? Fake news, fake news, fake news. I don’t know if Deplorable Bubba, sitting in his Naugahyde La-Z-Boy scratching his nuts in his Wal-mart boxers and t-shirt subscribes to twitter but he doesn’t need it. Trump tweets, Fox covers it. Fox covers it, Trump tweets it. Deplorable Bubba hears the drip, drip and he believes it, hell he has always believed it and now he has someone in the White House to validate his beliefs.

Here is what I find so interesting about Deplorable Bubba’s beliefs and support of Trump, for a people who consider the big three to be God, Country, and Family they have allowed Trump to do an end around on the God part. They have given Trump a “God pass”. Sure he pays lip service to God, but by the deepest, most spiritual definition is Trump really a Godly man? It doesn’t matter to Deplorable Bubba. In his mind two out of three is more than he got out of that black guy for eight years.  

Then Trump decides to take on Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona who has written a book criticizing Trump, saying his views and behavior are undercutting the Republican Party and its conservative philosophy. This little tit for tat is really interesting to me. Flake has continued to poke the 500 pound gorilla with a sharp stick and the gorilla has even pledged to spend his own money to defeat Flake’s reelection efforts. This one will be fun to watch.

In the meantime the Fox News headline reads “Trump slams two GOP senators who criticized him on Charlottesville” and Deplorable Bubba pops another beer and does a little more scratching. While the rest of us are focused on the unbelievable shit that comes out of Trumps mouth Deplorable Bubba just smiles. He isn’t reading the Washington Post or watching MSNBC. He doesn’t give a shit about all the “noise” the rest of us get all bent out of shape about. Trump is his man.

Donald wants to keep brown people out, he hates that socialist Nancy Pelosi, and he is not afraid to drop bombs on people. He doesn’t want to take Deplorable Bubba’s guns hell he wants Deplorable Bubba to get more guns. He wants to dismantle the government and Deplorable Bubba agrees 100% just don’t touch his Social Security, his Disability or his Medicare. How will the government pay for all of that? Not Deplorable Bubba’s problem, that is his grand kids problem. Global warming? Not Deplorable Bubba’s problem, that is his grand kids problem.

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon opened Trumps playbook yesterday for the world to see; “The Democrats, the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

And what did Trump do? He ran play # 7 of that book egging the “fake news” on this morning with this tweet; “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”

See these headlines;

Donald Trump stands with bigots. Where will you stand?

Democrats Mount an Effort to Censure Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s 7th-grade reaction to the country’s CEOs quitting his council

Deplorable Bubba didn’t see them, Deplorable Bubba doesn’t give a rats ass about them, fake news, drip, drip. This is the only headline he sees;

Trump: ‘Country being ripped apart’ by monument removals

But Steve Bannon, wants the other 65% of us to see them, focus on them, and wring our hands over them and guess what…….we are.

Why are we letting 35% speak for the majority? Speak-up, it is time to take our country back before it is too late.

 

 

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Holding it together

Waterfall 8-13-2017

My wife and I discovered this little corner of the world Sunday. Look at it. Look at everything that is going on, life, death, old, new, birth, life, ends and beginnings.

This is just one little spot, one little space, 9 square km or so of the of 510 million square km that covers our earth.

I like discovering places like this. They give me hope, hope that, believe it or not, we can survive most anything including dumb-asses like Donald Trump. If this little space, this little oasis can survive, why can’t we?

I doubt that this little waterfall has changed much in the last 10,000 years, maybe even in the last 500,000 years. I imagine strange animals drinking water from the cool pool below. Ancient humans resting near by on their journey searching for food, shelter maybe even a mate. Native Americans taking a refreshing drink from the cold mountain stream. Settlers watering their horses as they push west looking for a new beginning.

New beginnings, life is about ends and beginnings, doors closing and doors opening. Some days I feel like more doors are closing than opening then I find places like this, little spots that are holding the world together, my world together, your world together. I am happy they exist, I happy I can still find them, I am happy we can still find each other.

“I am made up of two worlds; one in which I exist to hold everyone together and the other where I watch myself constantly fall apart.” –  K. Piper 

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A letter to my Senators Graham & Scott

My people died

“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her!” – Heather Heyer’s mother

My wife and I ride our bicycles all over the country roads of our county and from the north to the south we see the Confederate Flag flying over homes, decals on the back of trucks and cars and have even seen it painted in the middle of the road. There is a faction that want us all to believe that the Confederate Flag is a symbol of “Heritage” not hate, that the statues of long dead Civil War “heroes” erected in public spaces are about our history not codes to remind African Americans of Jim Crow Laws.

The President of the United States has given hate and racism a face, a voice and a platform. Hate and racism never left our state, maybe it went underground in some areas, maybe it wasn’t openly spoken about or acted on but now there is a perceived “freedom” to do so. Say those words to yourself, a perceived “freedom”. A perceived “freedom” to hate, a perceived “freedom” to discriminate.

Alex Haley stated that “Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.” I know this to be true. There isn’t a racism gene.

How do we end racism and hate in our state? Take down the public symbols, remove the platforms, and quit relying on words and tweets. We, everyone, including and particularly the Republican party and its leadership need to demonstrate through actions and education that hate and racism won’t be tolerated.

The complacency of the Republican party is a large part of the problem. This is a hard fact the national and state leadership needs to face. But they don’t and they won’t because of votes and the President of the United States knows that and yesterday he acknowledge that fact, he empowered that fact, as the leader of YOUR party.

“I don’t understand why they are taking them down. It is history. They are not taking down Martin Luther King monuments.” –  Republican Representative Dennis Moss who voted against removing the Confederate Flag from the Statehouse grounds and who opposes any effort to modify the state’s Heritage Act or remove Confederate memorials in South Carolina

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The face of hate

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On April 4, 1940 the German Army invaded the little country of Denmark. The battle lasted just six hours, one of the shortest military operations of World War II. When I was a kid, my best friends mother was Danish. She was five years old when the Nazis overran her country. She spent the rest of her life hating any and all things German.

On June 6, 1944 my Grandfather stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day as a twenty something year old. He was a young man who had never been anywhere or seen anything beyond the farm and small town North Carolina where he was born and raised. He never talked about the experience. We learned after his death about the many medals he was awarded for his participation and survival of this gruesome battle fighting Nazi Germany.

I offered yesterday how the Southern Poverty Law Center defines several of the hate groups that were involved in the Charlottesville violence. Below is additional details about the Neo-Nazi group from the SPLC;

Neo-Nazi groups share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. While they also hate other minorities, gays and lesbians and even sometimes Christians, they perceive “the Jew” as their cardinal enemy, and trace social problems to a Jewish conspiracy that supposedly controls governments, financial institutions and the media.

While some neo-Nazi groups emphasize simple hatred, others are more focused on the revolutionary creation of a fascist political state. Nazism, of course, has roots in Europe, and links between American and European neo-Nazis are strong and growing stronger. American neo-Nazi groups, protected by the First Amendment, often publish material and host Internet sites that are aimed at European audiences — materials that would be illegal under European anti-racism laws. Similarly, many European groups put up their Internet sites on American servers to avoid prosecution under the laws of their native countries.

The Daily Stormer, the Neo-Nazi news and commentary website, posted these remarks after “our” Presidents press conference yesterday;

This is huge… While it seemed like Trump was going to back down and stick to the official story (though halfheartedly), he’s now completely turned around and is attacking the antifa as being the violent terrorists they are.

The Trump condemnation is one of the first times when there is a mainstream debate about who might be the “good guys” between the Communists and the Nazis. And as soon as you ask the question, our side basically wins automatically. All we need for a major cultural victory is an honest comparison.

Here is the problem with Trump, because he talks in circles, because he doesn’t have a plan or any freaking idea how to govern or Make America Great Again, people, groups are going to hear what they want to hear. There is no clear message because he doesn’t have one. There is no unity because he doesn’t give a shit about unity. Chaos, misdirection, and dysfunction is how he lives his life and that Mr. and Mrs. America is what he wants for you and I.

And as the vast majority of us wonder how in the hell this country can survive this madman his supporters cheer and egg him on; “Keep up the good work president Trump. America is behind you.”, “People should know the true history, rather than me or propaganda that #FakeNewsMedia pumps out day and day out.”, “Keep up the good fight for America and the world. Speak the truth to POWER, which is the dem-liberal media complex.”, “The media cannot stand a TRUTH-teller like POTUS and seeks to illegitimately destroy him, and democracy at the same time. #MAGA”, “Antifa or the “Alt-Left” has attacked conservatives for over a year now. The media has given them a pass. No more.”, “Your eight years in office won’t be easy but it will be worth it. You didn’t have to do this. Thank you for loving our country like you do.”

If you haven’t already, and I am sure most of you have, now is the time to make our voices heard. There is a chink in the GOP armor, we need to turn that chink into a rip, then a tear, then a gash, then a laceration and from there hopefully an amputation. We can’t let 35% speak for us. We can’t let Donald Trump give hate a face, a voice and a platform. What are you going to do?

 

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How do you get us to stop talking about Russia? Start talking about the Nazis.

“When David Duke and white supremacists cheer your remarks, you’re doing it very, very wrong. Great and good American presidents seek to unite, not divide. Donald Trump’s remarks clearly show he is not one of them.” – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

This man’s ignorance and arrogance knows no bounds. Trump has proven, as he did again today, that he doesn’t have a moral, or compassionate bone in his body. I couldn’t decide which was worst his over inflated, irrational ego, or his new orange spray tan. At this point it is a toss-up.

Below is the transcript of his “press conference” today. Make America Hate Again!

Reporter: Why did you wait so long to put that last statement out?

Trump: I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long.

Reporter: It was at least 48 hours.

Trump: I wanted to make sure — unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct. Not make a quick statement. The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement. But you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the fact. It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts, and it’s a very, very important process to me, and it’s a very important statement, so I don’t want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement. I want to know the facts. If you go back to — I brought it. I brought it. I brought it. As I said — remember this, Saturday — we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America, and then I went on from there. Now, here’s the thing. Excuse me, excuse me. Take it nice and easy. Here’s the thing. When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts. This event just happened. In fact, a lot of the event didn’t even happen yet, as we were speaking. This event just happened. Before I make a statement, I need the facts, so I don’t want to rush into a statement.

So, making the statement when I made it was excellent. In fact, the young woman, who I hear is a fantastic young woman — and it was on NBC — her mother wrote me and said — through I guess Twitter, social media — the nicest things, and I very much appreciated that. I hear she was a fine, really actually an incredible young woman. But her mother on Twitter thanked me for what I said. And honestly, if the press were not fake and if it was honest, the press would have said what I said was very nice. But unlike you and unlike — excuse me — unlike you and unlike the media, before I make a statement I like to know the facts.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: They don’t. They don’t.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: Listen, how about- how about a couple of infrastructure questions?

Reporter: Was that terrorism, that event? Was that terrorism?

Trump: Say it. What?

Reporter: The CEO of Wal-Mart said you missed a critical opportunity to help bring the country together. Did you?

Trump: Not at all. I think the country — look, you take a look. I’ve created over a million jobs since I’m president. The country is booming, the stock market is setting records. We have the highest employment numbers we’ve ever had in the history of our country. We’re doing record business. We have the highest levels of enthusiasm. So, the head of Wal-Mart, whom I know, who is a very nice guy, was making a political statement. I mean, I do it the same way. You know why? Because I want to make sure, when I make a statement that the statement is correct, and there was no way — there was no way of making a correct statement that early. I had to see the facts, unlike a lot of reporters — unlike a lot of reporters. I know, David Duke was there. I wanted to see the facts, and the facts as they started coming out were very well-stated. In fact, everybody said his statement was beautiful. If he would have made it sooner, that would have been good. I couldn’t have made it sooner because I didn’t know all of the facts. Frankly, people still don’t know all of the facts. It was very important — excuse me, excuse me. It was very important to me to get the facts out and correctly, because if I would have made a fast statement — and the first statement was made without knowing much other than what we were seeing. The second statement was made with knowledge, with great knowledge. There’s still things — excuse me, there’s still things that people don’t know. I want to make a statement with knowledge. I wanted to know the facts. Okay.

Reporter: Two questions. Was this terrorism and can you tell us how you’re feeling about your chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

Trump: Well, I think the driver of the car is a disgrace to himself, his family and this country, and that is … you can call it terrorism. You can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want. I would just call it as the fastest one to come up with a good verdict. That’s what I’d call it. Because there is a question. Is it murder? Is it terrorism? And then you get into legal semantics. The driver of the car is a murderer and what he did was a horrible, horrible inexcusable thing.

Reporter: Can you tell us how you’re feeling about your chief strategist, Mr. Bannon? Can you talk about that?

Trump: Go ahead.

Reporter: I would echo Maggie’s question. Steve Bannon has-

Trump: I never spoke to Mr. Bannon about it.

Reporter: Can you tell us broadly — do you still have confidence in Steve?

Trump: Well, we’ll see. Look, I like Mr. Bannon, he’s a friend of mine, but Mr. Bannon came on very late — you know that. I went through 17 senators, governors and I won all the primaries. Mr. Bannon came on very much later than that, and I like him, he’s a good man. He is not a racist, I can tell you that. He’s a good person, he actually gets a very unfair press in that regard. But we’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon, but he’s a good person and I think the press treats him frankly very unfairly.

Reporter: Do you have confidence in him?

Another reporter: John McCain has called on you to defend your national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

Trump: I have already done it. I did it the last time.

Reporter: And he called on you again to —

Trump: Senator McCain? You mean the one who voted against Obamacare?

Reporter: And he said-

Trump: Who is senator- You mean Senator McCain who voted against us getting good health care?

Reporter: Senator McCain said that the alt-right is behind these attacks, and he linked that same group to those who perpetrated the attack in Charlottesville.

Trump: Well, I don’t know. I can’t tell you. I’m sure Senator McCain must know what he’s talking about. But when you say the alt-right…uh, define alt-right to me. You define it. Go ahead.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: No, define it for me. Come on, let’s go.

Reporter: Senator McCain defined them as the same groups.

Trump: OK. What about the alt-left that came charging at-

[Indistinct.]

Trump: Excuse me, what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right. Do they have any semblance of guilt?

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: Let me ask you this. What about the fact they came charging — that they came charging, with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. So, you know, as far as I’m concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day-

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: Wait a minute. I’m not finished. I’m not finished, fake news. That was a horrible day.

Reporter: Is it the same level as neo-Nazis?

Trump: I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it, and you have- You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group, you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: Go ahead.

Reporter: Do you think what you call the alt-left is the same as neo-Nazis?

Trump: Those people, all of those people- excuse me. I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups, but not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch.

Reporter: Well, white nationalists-

Trump: Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue of Robert E. Lee. So … Excuse me. And you take a look at some of the groups and you see and you’d know it if you were honest reporters — which in many cases you’re not. But many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. So, this week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself where does it stop? But they were there to protest- excuse me. you take a look the night before, they were there to protest the taking down of the statue of the Robert E. Lee. Infrastructure question. Go ahead.

Reporter: Should statues of Robert E. Lee stay up?

Trump: I would say that’s up to a local town, community, or the federal government depending on where it is located.

Reporter: Are you against the Confederacy?

Another reporter: How concerned are you about race relations in America and do you think things have gotten worse or better since you took office?

Trump: I think they have gotten better- or the same- I- look. They’ve been frayed for a long time, and you can ask President Obama about that because he’d make speeches about it. But, I believe that the fact that I brought in, it will be soon, millions of jobs — you see where companies are moving back into our country — I think that’s going to have a tremendous positive impact on race relations. We have companies coming back into our country, we have two car companies that just announced, we have FoxConn in Wisconsin just announced. We have many companies, I say pouring back into the country. I think that’s going to have a huge, positive impact on race relations. You know why? It’s jobs. What people want now, they want jobs. They want great jobs with good pay and, when they have that, you watch how race relations will be. And I’ll tell you, we’re spending a lot of money on the inner cities. We’re fixing the inner cities. We’re doing far more than anybody’s done with respect to the inner cities. It’s a priority for me, and it’s very important.

Reporter: Mr. President, are you putting what you’re calling the alt-left and white supremacists on the same moral plane?

Trump: I’m not putting anybody on a moral plane. What I’m saying is this: You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch, but there is another side. There was a group on this side — you can call them the left, you’ve just called them the left — that came violently attacking the other group, so you can say what you want but that’s the way it is.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Reporter: Mr. President, your words-

Another reporter: You said there was hatred, there was violence on both sides. Are there-

Trump: Well, I do think there’s blame- Yes. I do think there’s blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there’s blame on both sides and I have no doubt about it and you don’t have any doubt about it either and- and- and- and if you reported it accurately, you would say it.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Reporter: Neo-Nazis started this in Charlottesville. They showed up at Charlottesville, they-

Trump: Excuse me.

Reporter: To protest the removal of that-

Trump: [Inaudible.] You have some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group — excuse me, excuse me — I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.

Reporter: Do you support white nationalists, then?

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: Well, George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So, will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down- Excuse me. Are we going to take down, are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him?

Reporter: I do love Thomas Jefferson-

Trump: OK, good. Well, are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner. Now, are we going to take down his statue? So, you know what? It’s fine. You’re changing history. You’re changing culture and you had people, and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists because they should be condemned, totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, OK? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people, but you also had troublemakers and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You got a lot of bad people in the other group, too.

Reporter: Who was treated unfairly? Sir, I’m sorry I don’t understand what you were saying. You were saying the press has treated white nationalists unfairly? I just don’t understand what you were saying.

Trump: No. No. There were people in that rally — and I looked the night before. If you look, there were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I’m sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day it looked like they had some rough, bad people: neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest — and very legally protest, because you know- I don’t know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit. So, I only tell you this. There are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country, a horrible moment. But there are two sides to the country. Does anybody have a final- does anybody- you have an infrastructure question.

Reporter: What makes you think you can get an infrastructure bill? You didn’t get health care. You’re-

Trump: Well, you know, I’ll tell you. We came very close with health care, unfortunately, John McCain decided to vote against it at the last minute. You’ll have to ask John McCain why he did that. But we came very close to health care. We will end up getting health care. But we’ll get the infrastructure and actually, infrastructure is something that I think we’ll have bipartisan support on. I actually think- I actually think Democrats will go along with the infrastructure.

Reporter: Mr. President, have you spoken to the family- have you spoken to the family of the victim of the car attack?

Trump: No, I’ll be reaching out. I’ll be reaching out.

Reporter: When will you be reaching out?

Trump: I was very — I thought that the statement put out, the mother’s statement, I thought was a beautiful statement. I must tell you, I was- it was something that I really appreciated. I thought it was terrific, and really under the- under the kind of stress that she’s under and the heartache that she’s under, I thought putting out that statement to me was really something I won’t forget. Thank you all very much. Thank you. Thank you.

[Reporters shout questions.]

Reporter 1: What about the nazis who support you?

Reporter 2: Do you plan on going to Charlottesville, Mr. President?

Reporter 3: Do you think you’re helping to heal the nation?

Trump: I own a house in Charlottesville. Does anyone know I own a house in Charlottesville?

Reporter: Where is it?

Trump: Oh, boy, it’s going to be- it’s in Charlottesville, you’ll see.

Reporter: Is it in the winery or something?

Trump: It’s a- it is the winery.

[Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: I mean, I know a lot about Charlottesville. Charlottesville is a great place that’s been very badly hurt over the last couple of days. I own- I own actually one of the largest wineries in the United States that’s in Charlottesville.

Reporter: What do you think needs to be done to overcome the racial divides in this country?

Trump: Well I really think jobs can have a big impact. I think if we continue to create jobs — over a million, substantially more than a million — and you can see just the other day, the car companies coming in with fox- you know, FoxConn. I think if we continue to create jobs at levels that I’m- that I’m creating jobs, I think that’s going to have a tremendous impact, positive impact on race relations.

[Indistinct.]

Reporter: And what you said today, how do you think that will impact the racial-

Trump: Because people are going to be working, they’re going to be making a lot of money, much more money than they ever thought possible.

Reporter: -your remarks today.

Trump: And the other thing, very important, I believe wages will start going up. They haven’t gone up for a long time. I believe wages now, because the economy is doing so well with respect to employment and unemployment, I believe wages will start to go up. I think that will have a tremendously positive impact on race relations. Thank you.

“Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa” – Former KKK leader David Duke

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Sixty years later…….

Elizabeth Eckford

This photograph was taken on September 4, 1957 as Elizabeth Eckford was prevented from entering the newly desegregated Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas by the Arkansas National Guard.

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This photograph was taken on July 8, 2017 as Police Officer Darius Nash protects the Klu Klux Klan’s first amendment right to protest the removal of two statues commemorating Confederate generals in Charlottesville, VA.

What will the next image be sixty years from now? I won’t be here to see it, but I am happy to help change it, today. Are you?

“Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.” –  Alex Haley

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