When you're outraged about something, you speak out immediately. You don't wait two days to say something and only after you've been repeatedly prodded to do so. You don't give a "muted and unpersuasive" statement, as Frank Bruni brilliantly characterized Trump's reluctance in a great opinion piece for The New York Times yesterday (link here).
In his piece, Bruni also comments about how, just hours earlier, Trump absolutely trashed via Twitter CEO Kenneth Frazier who resigned from a presidential advisory commission over the President's behavior following this past weekend's attack. Trump reacted to Frazier within minutes -- and Frazier happens to be African-American -- but the President waited days to say anything substantive about white supremacy.
I received an email after my piece yesterday appeared here from a reader who asked, "what does Charlottesville have to do with being gay, since gays weren't even attacked there?"
The answer is simple. Hate of any kind must not be tolerated. A society that refuses to speak out against white supremacism is also a society that will remain silent when someone attacks LGBT citizens. Or any non-white, non-straight person for that matter.
If we don't speak out now, who will speak out for us when we're attacked? Silence is not a solution.