Bhalla: Trump had ‘failure of moral leadership’ in addressing Charlottesville


Hoboken Councilman-at-Large/mayoral hopeful Ravi Bhalla says that President Donald Trump had a “failure of moral leadership” in addressing the violent Charlottesville protests. Ravi Bhalla

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“President Trump’s comments yesterday on Charlottesville were a failure of moral leadership. Let’s be clear. There can be no moral equivalence between white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and those who stand up to bigotry,” Bhalla said in a statement.

“There can be no ‘fine people’ who march with those chanting racist words. More than ever, for our neighborhoods, communities, and schools we need a message of calm, healing, and affirmation of our nation’s highest ideals.”

Trump faced criticism for not condemning the violence in Charlottesville until Monday, two days after the Virginia protests occurred.

Yesterday, Trump blamed both sides, also noting he had condemned neo-Nazis and various other different groups in the past (h/t The New York Times).

“I think there is blame on both sides. You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now,” remarked Trump.

“I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.”

At the grand opening of his campaign headquarters last month, Bhalla said Hoboken residents could count on him at the local, state and national level.

“You can count on me as a mayor, whether it’s the local level, the state level or the national level. I will stand up for the residents of Hoboken and protect our interests no matter what,” he said at the time.

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  1. So there’s no moral equivalence between “white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and those who stand up to bigotry.”

    What about those groups perpetuating political violence while claiming to be standing up to bigotry?
    Doesn’t that include the neo-fascists ANTIFA? What about BLM who publicly called for killing police?

    I don’t recall hearing from Hoboken’s national candidate Ravi Bhalla when police were being assassinated around the country only months ago. What about all the rioting agains the First Amendment rights of Americans by these same extremists and the attacks on men and even women? Did Bhalla say anything about the political violence in Berkeley by Antifa?

    Oh, they were they just standing “up to bigotry.”

    Weren’t both of these Left wing groups with troubling connections to the Democrat Party part of the violence again last weekend?

    President Trump condemned all of them for their role in political violence. That’s exactly the moral fiber this nation needs, not this cynical political garbage.

  2. What a lovely little Alt-Right coffee klatch of Breitbart talking points we have here!

    Ravi, THANK YOU for taking a stand and calling this what it is: a failure of moral leadership form the KKK-COddler-in-Chief.

    No thank you to Jen Giattino, who is perfecting the fine art of being inoffensive and uncontroversial. Her statement was pablum, telling us the Charlottesville riot has her “in tears”.

    Ravi, you are RIGHT. Nazi-Coddler TRUMP is the cheerleader for Neo-Nazis and white nationalists. By “having their back” (a quote from a Nazi marcher) Trump encourages and EMBOLDENS these violent groups to further acts of violence- even murder- and this ENDANGERS Hoboken residents. Yes, morons, it IS local:

    “New Jersey has fourth highest number of hate groups in country, says Southern Poverty Law Center”

    New Jersey has the fourth highest number of active hate groups in the country, according to the SPLC’s list. With 40 such groups, N.J. takes a backseat only to California, Florida and New York on the list of bigotry and intolerance.

    New Jersey’s high ranking comes partly thanks to the 22 racist skinhead groups the SPLC says are active in the state. However, according to the list, the New Jersey also harbors one Ku Klux Klan chapter, seven neo-Nazi groups, one white nationalist society, eight black separatists organizations and one record label that specializes in white-supremacist music.”

    What will Jen Giattino do if one of these New Jersey neo Nazi groups or KKK chapters march in Hoboken? I she going to “be in tears”?

    Ravi isn’t afraid to stand down white nationalists, KKK, and neo-Nazis, and DEFEND Hoboken residents.

    Thanks Ravi, for standing up to thee dangerous radical racist groups- there is one in Hackensack.

    Someone get Giattino a hankie.

  3. Where was Ravi after Ferguson when the Justice Department Civil Rights Division, Access to Justice notified every state how corrective actions needed to be handled on pulling driver licenses for minor infractions? Hoboken saw fit to continue it’s practice of suspending licenses based upon a single parking ticket over a single accounting period despite DOJ notification and the extreme risk posed to individuals.