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My history book on Hempstead Village has consumed me, as well as the wedding of our fourth child on August 5.
      But nobody can ignore the dreadful events in Charlottesville this past Saturday, when a rally of white supremacists and neo-Nazis arose to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee because of its symbolic endorsement of black slavery.
     Counter-protestors gathered in the morning while the alt-right groups also gathered. The encounters between them became so acrimonious that police separated the groups and canceled the rally. But a 20-year-old white supremacist from Ohio drove his car into a group of counter-protestors on a side street, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 other people.
     Trump did not denounce white nationalist groups until yesterday Monday, Aug. 14) at noon. During Saturday and Sunday, he blamed hate "on both sides." When he denounced white supremacist groups as hate groups and racists on Monday, he obviously did so in response to pressure. Today (Tuesday, Aug. 15), he contended that there is an alt-left who are just as bad.
     He was complimented by white supremacist groups and roundly rebuked in tweets from legislators across the nation, including many Republicans -- even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
     This man, Donald Trump, must go. Those who voted for him are at last (I hope) seeing the true nature of this man whom they placed into our nation's highest office. May the outcry be enormous and his departure from the White House peaceful but swift.

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