In the wake of violent and deadly neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, veteran ABC News and NPR journalist Cokie Roberts claimed President Trump “has to share responsibility.” She also blamed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for going “backward” on race issues, charging: “He’s saying ‘let’s keep voting rights suppressed.’ He’s doing a lot of things that send signals to these white supremacists.”
During the roundtable on the August 13 This Week on ABC:
“The President has to share responsibility. The fact is that through that campaign, he blew all kind of whistles that those of us who grew up in the Jim Crow south, like I did, recognized immediately. It was just calling out to these white supremacists who then felt empowered by it. And the President now not calling them out....
“This is also a really watershed moment for the Justice Department. Because it’s not just categorizing these hate crimes. Jeff Sessions has gone backwards on a lot of these things having to do with race. Taking a look at the Obama federal investigations of how police treat people of color. He’s saying, ‘let’s not do that anymore.’ He’s saying ‘let’s keep voting rights suppressed.’ He’s doing a lot of things that send signals to these white supremacists.”
>> This video clipped to illustrate Paul Bedard's August 14 Mainstream Media Scream for the Washington Examinder <<