The black CEO of Merck Pharmaceuticals resigned from the White House jobs council on Monday in what was apparently a snit fit about President Trump’s initial statement condemning the violence “on many sides” in Charlottesville. CEO Kenneth Frazier could have saved himself a lot of trouble if he’d just waited until, oh, approximately noon to see that his little morality play was unnecessary, but hey, then he wouldn’t have been able to posture for the world as the great champion of anti-KKK forces from here to Timbuktu.
“America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry, and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” said Frazier in his self-serving statement. Of course, Trump did all of that in his original statement, and in almost the exact same vague way that Frazier himself did. How hilarious. Much like the Washington Post Editorial Board, these people who purport to tell the president what to say…deliberately CONSTRUCTING their speeches to refute Trump…wind up saying essentially the same thing! It’s remarkable.
Trump, of course, cannot allow such an insult to go unanswered.
“Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!” he wrote on Twitter.
Whether or not that was necessary, we’ll be glad when this Charlottesville hysteria blows over. Make no mistake about it: What happened Saturday was sick, disgusting, and inexcusable. And Republicans from the president on down have made their feelings extremely clear on the subject. This White House is in no way responsible for the Ku Klux Klan or neo-Nazi groups than was Obama responsible for the people who burned down Ferguson. And we’ve just about had it with the media trying to make more out of this (admittedly terrible) incident than there is to make.
To hear it from Hollywood, the media, and half the Democratic Party, we’re on the precipice of seeing WHITE SUPREMACY take root in America once again. We’re on the verge of seeing an actual NAZI party take hostile control of the U.S. government. Hide your kids!
It’s absurd. How many right-wing protesters were out there in Charlottesville? One news outlet pegged the number at about 500. Of those 500, how many were simply protesting the removal of the statue and had nothing to do with the white supremacy preached by the others? And of that number, how many got behind the wheel of a car and mowed down protesters? This is a tiny subset of a tiny subset.
Let’s come back to reality.