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August 19, 2017

Charlottesville and Trump: Our Social Media Roundup

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 12: White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' exchange insluts with counter-protesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Emancipation Park during the 'Unite the Right' rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Emancipation Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

With chaos in Trump America occurring at warp speed, one can hardly keep up with the trauma of the moment.

This week’s round up is dedicated to the brazen white supremacist march in Charlottesville, and the ensuing violence. It is equally dedicated to Trump’s fanning of those flames. The immediate upheaval made it hard to even remember how Trump had threatened nuclear war the week before. You can see, however, how the Charlottesville newspaper cleverly linked the two.

Of course, statues (or their platforms) were abundant, as were militias, and Trump’s affinity for the neo-Nazis was also fodder for many news covers. Charlottesville also cast recent photos in a new light. The American Legion and Boy Scout (“Trump youth?”) photos were an example. Same with the picture of the empty Oval Office, and photos of Trump’s business council after Merck’s black CEO quit in protest this week. (Although those photos reflected tokenism from the start.)

NY Mag’s “blonde privilege” cover was a strange precursor to the events in Charlottesville, and Friday afternoon’s fireworks saw Steve Bannon’s White House gig come to an end. Our impression, though, is that it won’t lessen the shade. Beyond the medieval looking hardware at the bottom of the post, we offer more images from Charlottesville on our Instagram feed.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. Caption: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – AUGUST 12: White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the ‘alt-right’ exchange insluts with counter-protesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Emancipation Park during the ‘Unite the Right’ rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Emancipation Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

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