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Podcast: Making Sense Of Reactions To Charlottesville Protests And Violence

Robert Tracinski and Mike Warren discuss responses from the Left, the right, the media, and Trump on the Federalist Radio Hour.


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Mary Katharine Ham talks to Robert Tracinski, senior writer at The Federalist and Editor of Real Clear Future, about the violent protests in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. She talks to Mike Warren, senior writer at the Weekly Standard, about President Trump’s response and the media criticisms against him.

“They came ready to fight. They came hoping to provoke the counter reaction, and of course the Antifa people came with the same hope,” he said. “That’s the big concern for me: the fact that you have these two forces that want us to get used to the idea that political differences are going to be solved by brawling in the streets.”

Ham said it’s fair to ask Trump to be clear and precise on what he’s disavowing. “Someone else’s bad behavior and bad faith doesn’t take away from the need to act properly,” Ham said. “It’s a really good opportunity to point out actual racism, because the Left is constantly conflating the entire Right in this country with actual Nazis.”

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