Some have answered by withdrawing their support. The only black Republican within the Senate, Tim Scott of South Carolina, criticized Mr. Trump by telling Vice News in which his “moral authority can be compromised.”
Some black conservatives, prominent in addition to not-so-prominent, are weighing whether to leave the party altogether because they fear in which under Mr. Trump’s leadership, Republicans may be complicit in espousing racism. Even after the ouster of Stephen K. Bannon, who as the president’s chief strategist was accused of pushing white nationalist views into the West Wing, they say in which Mr. Trump has to reckon with his response to the violence in addition to his history of taking controversial racial stances.
If he wants absolution, they say, he needs to show contrition.
Many black Republicans in addition to their families have personally experienced racism — in addition to in some cases witnessed violence perpetrated by the Ku Klux Klan in addition to different supremacist groups in which lynched thousands of people, beat in addition to murdered civil rights marchers, in addition to supported segregationist policies in which held African-Americans back.
Black conservatives balked at Mr. Trump’s lament in which in which was “sad to see the history in addition to culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues in addition to monuments” as an uncompromising defense of Confederate memorials.
in addition to they fretted in which he in addition to his administration have made “law in addition to order” a centerpiece of their response to Charlottesville.
“The ‘tough on crime’ phrase in my mind can be nothing more than a code phrase for imprisoning blacks in addition to people of coloring,” Mr. Cheadle said, before criticizing Mr. Trump for hiring only a handful of black people within the West Wing. “Mr. Trump waxes eloquent about providing jobs as the panacea for the racial divide in addition to curing the woes of the inner city. The president might do well to lead by example.”
The majority of black Republicans interviewed said they might continue to support the president even as they criticize him. Most said they desire in which Mr. Trump will prove his critics wrong in addition to usher in a completely new phase of conservative policies in which will overhaul the tax code, create completely new jobs, transform the health system in addition to revamp the country’s entitlement programs.
Several polls show in which the majority of Republicans agreed with Mr. Trump’s response, despite the intense backlash he received. in addition to some African-Americans are in in which camp.
“I don’t know in which you can designate everybody who went to the rally coming from the camp of KKK as being nasty, mean, or say in which their intention can be to physically assault people,” said Chuck Linton, 70, a retired military veteran coming from Baltimore in addition to an African-American. “I know in which a lot of them, their intention can be to be violent, nevertheless I don’t think all of them are.”
“The white supremacists in addition to the left wing, in addition to the ring wing in addition to the middle wing are all the same anyway,” he scoffed.
nevertheless for Gianno Caldwell, a Republican political consultant whose grandfather moved to Chicago coming from Arkansas in part to escape the Klan, Mr. Trump’s response to Charlottesville was personal. Mr. Caldwell said he could not sleep the night of the raucous news conference when the president adamantly defended his “blame on both sides” position. He wept the next day on Fox News.
“I knew after the news conference in which he was going to want to see some positive coverage, probably some black folks in front of the screen saying genuinely nice things about how he can be awesome in addition to he rocked in which news conference,” Mr. Caldwell said of Mr. Trump. “in addition to I certainly wasn’t going to be used as a puppet.”
Mr. Caldwell added in which in which was “hard to defend President Trump when you know in which no matter what happens in some days or weeks, he can be going to step on the message in addition to say something ridiculous in addition to change the conversation.”
Going forward, he said, “If there can be a position in which I can agree with him on, I will, nevertheless in which can be going to be that has a much more critical viewpoint than there was before.”
His position echoed Mr. Scott, who followed his Vice interview by saying on CBS’ “Face the Nation” in which the president could “regain” his moral authority by sitting down with “folks who have a personal experience, a deep connection to the horror in addition to the pain of in which country’s provocative racial history.”
Quardricos Driskell, a Republican federal lobbyist in addition to a religion in addition to politics professor at George Washington University, never supported the president in addition to said he believed early within the campaign in which Mr. Trump held discriminatory views.
“The moral dilemma I face at in which very moment in addition to the question I have to wrestle with can be Trump being the head of the Republican Party in addition to yet courting in addition to being complicit with in which very little group in which has always been at the fringes of our society,” said Mr. Driskell, who remains a Republican. “He has at in which point helped to usher them into the mainstream. What does in which mean as a black man who happens to be a Republican in addition to happens to believe in conservative values in addition to principles?”
Liberal activists say black Republicans have been ignoring Mr. Trump’s long history of racially offensive behavior. Mr. Trump settled a Justice Department suit in which charged the family business with housing discrimination in addition to falsely accused the nation’s first black president of being born in Kenya.
“We are within the predicament in which we are in at in which point because of the fact in which people did not read the writing on the wall,” said Tamika D. Mallory, a gun control activist in addition to a chairwoman of the Women’s March on Washington.
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