US Republican senator warns Trump cannot calm down coming violence
A Republican senator has warned that "it feels like violence is coming" and US President Donald Trump will not be able to bring calm to the nation in the face of it.
Ben Sasse shared his thoughts in an extensive Facebook post on Friday evening saying they were prompted by the violence which occurred in Charlottesville last weekend.
"I doubt that Donald Trump will be able to calm and comfort the nation in that moment," Sasse wrote. "He (and lots of others) will probably tell an awful combination of partial truths and outright falsehoods."
He criticized Trump and his administration over the response to the incident, which Sasse believed to be motivated by white supremacists.
"On top of the trust deficits that are already baked so deeply in, unity will be very hard to come by," he added.
In his post he maintained that some of the president’s closest advisers see racial division as an opportunity.
"Besides ability and temperament, I also worry that national unity will be unlikely because there are some whispering in the president's ear that racial division could be good politics for them," Sasse wrote.
"I worry that some on the left are also going to salivate over these divisions. Like the president's ear-whisperers," he continued. "They see a divided nation as good for their political objectives."
He further argued that the current national debate should not be "a fight about historical monuments."
Many state and local governments are taking steps to remove Confederate statues in the wake of the Charlottesville violence, which was originally organized to oppose the removal of a statue there.
Citing the historic value of Confederate monuments, Trump has criticized their removal.
Trump has been criticized both in the country and abroad over his response to the violence in Charlottesville.