*
Trump defends Confederate culture, his lawyer's email trashes Black Lives MatterNew links in a chain that ties the Oval Office to the alt-right's racist den.
Aug 18, 2017

Trump's problematic response to the deadly events in Charlottesville has given Nazis and white supremacists like David Duke explicit reason to celebrate, tweet, and feel vindicated. Today Trump used his own Twitter to position himself even deeper in the alt-right's ecosystem by defending Confederate statues and bemoaning the "culture of our great country being ripped apart" by their removal. Meanwhile, his attorney made headlines for forwarding an email which praised Robert E. Lee, vilified the Black Lives Matter movement, and generally contained secessionist (i.e. Southern independence and Confederate culture) rhetoric.

Trump saying he was "sad" to see Confederate monuments being removed, as was the case in Baltimore overnight last night, continues to put pressure on mainstream Republicans, who can no longer hide from the explicit ease with which Trump has equivocated the racial hatred that spurred last weekend's events with the relative minority of counter-demonstrators by calling it violence on "both sides." There is no longer a broad conservative legislative agenda to take shelter under; now they are unmistakably standing under the shade of a white nationalist enabler.

Last summer Candidate Trump said that he believed Black Lives Matter had instigated the killing of cops; in the time since his election, the movement has faced even more political pressure. That his attorney James Dowd forwarded an email which decried the Black Lives Matter movement as "totally infiltrated by terrorist groups" is the latest link in a chain that leads from the Oval Office to the alt-right's racist den.

The latest polls have Trump's approval at around 33%, an historic low. But while 55% of Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of Charlottesville, nearly two-thirds of Republicans said they approved of Trump's response. The Republican party has some existential questions to ask itself about supporting a President this rhetorically cozy with members of the KKK, but while the poll numbers look like this, the answers may just be more of the same.

RelatedCharlottesville victim Heather Heyer honored in memorial service"I'd rather have my child, but if I've got to give her up, we're going to make it count," her mother said.REVOLT TVDonkey of the Day | Bill ChumleyThe South Carolina lawmaker voted against taking down the Confederate flag.RevoltToday in Music | Music Industry's First Global Release Day, Confederate Flag Banglobal release day in over 45 countires, kid rock stands with confederate flagRevoltReal Talk | Hillary Clinton Weighs in on Racial TensionsHillary Clinton speaks on racial tensions, the recent Charleston shooting, and the Confederate flag at a speaking engagement in South Carolina.Revolt12017 REVOLT Music ConferenceWe honor Queen Latifah as Lauryn, SZA, & more perform.2Ten years later: Kanye West's 'Graduation' is his career-defining albumFoundation for his legacy.3Watch this rare Jay-Z 'Blueprint'-era interviewRecorded shortly before the album dropped in 2001.4Interview | Tove LoOn flashing, female youth, honest songwriting, and more..5Kanye West's 'Graduation' vs. 50 Cent's 'Curtis'Revisiting the greats on their 10th anniversary.6Day N Night 2017 | The ultimate recapThe photos, performances, and moments you missed7Interview | MC HammerOn Tupac & Prince friendships, JAY-Z beef & more8Fabolous's 'Ghetto Fabolous' is imperfect, but undeniable An underrated debut.9'Drink Champs' | Tech N9neOn his first rhyme, uncategorizable music, and independent label.10Interview | BOSCOOn the standout tracks from 'b.', being a multifaceted woman, and