Trump dishonored World War II veterans – Montana Standard

My grandfathers served the USA in World War II. They endangered themselves in order to fight against Nazi ideology. That is why today I feel ashamed to be an American and a Montanan, a citizen of a country and a state that elected a man who is reluctant to declare that white nationalism is fundamentally anti-American.

President Trump dishonored my family when he laid blame on many sides, implying that the people who showed up to protest and fight the Nazis in Charlottesville were as bad as the Nazis themselves.

My grandfathers showed up to fight the Nazis, and I am quite sure that they would agree with me that Nazis are scum, and that true Americans respond to their brand of scum by showing up to fight.

America is imperfect. Slavery and Jim Crow are awful stains on history whose effects persist to this day. (Does Charlottesville not prove this?) American foreign policy has at times been cruel and destructive. Montanas population of Native Americans probably views the idea that Europeans own this country with justified scorn. But there was a time when no American politician would have hesitated to state that Nazis are the true enemies of the people.

— Miles Jochem, Missoula

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