Despite being official communiques from the President of the United States, most of Donald Trump’s tweets are a cascade of self-serving ramblings that can safely be ignored.
But a three-tweet spree from the president is different. Whether he was intending to or not, President Trump perfectly nailed everything wrong with the lunacy of an invaded nation paying permanent tribute to the enemy that invaded it.
It was “an inflection point,” The New York Times declared in a devastating assessment of Donald Trump’s status.
Columnist Nate Cohn wrote that Republican “elites quickly moved to condemn [Trump’s] comments,” and that “his support will erode as the tone of coverage shifts from publicizing his anti-establishment and anti-immigration views … to reflecting the chorus of Republican criticism of his most outrageous comments.”
Trump’s shocking remarks “were nothing less than an invitation for the rest of the Republican Party to begin their long-awaited offensive.” Cohn concluded. “Nearly all [Republicans] have incentives to pile on, and Mr. Trump — without a deep base of support and with few party allies — will struggle to hold on.”
The comments in question had nothing to do with the Nazi riot in Charlottesville this weekend. If fact, they had nothing to do with anything Trump has said while President, or even while he was the presumptive nominee.
As Confederate monuments go, it’s not flashy or famous. It’s not even that big. A slab of chipped granite surrounding about 30 graves, the monument reads
“In memory of the soldiers of the Confederate States Army who have died or may die on the Pacific coast, Erected by the Confederate Monument Association. Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet. Lest we forget – lest we forget. 1861-1865″
This small, mostly forgotten monument doesn’t sit in a cemetery in deep south Richmond, Atlanta, or Mobile. It’s not even on a battlefield memorial.
On May 7th, 1945, around 6 P.M., Private First Class Charles Havlat was on patrol near Volary, Czechoslovakia with fellow soldiers of the Fifth Infantry Division. He was manning a machine gun in a jeep driven by the Lieutenant leading the unit.
His squad was ambushed, and during a “brief, but intense skirmish,” Havalt was shot through the head and killed. The shooting ended only because both sides were informed that hours earlier, Nazi Germany had signed an instrument of surrender. It was due to take effect at midnight of the next day, and when it did, World War II in Europe was over.
Killed in a completely unnecessary action, PFC Havlat is generally regarded as the last American to die at the hands of Nazi aggression.