Violence erupts in Charlottesville, Virginia as hundreds of white supremacists’ conflict with protestors. The racist and antisemitic actions of the protestors capture the nation’s attention and it quickly spirals out of control. (Woodward 203). In fact, one person drove their car into a group of counter protestors, killing a woman while injuring several other people. Trump catches the news through the TV and composes a tweet trying to calm people. Several other leaders also condemn the racial acts, however it is clear that Trump fails to align himself with other world leaders and doesn’t condemn the white supremacists (Woodward 204). Following the justified criticism of Trump’s behavior and lack of appropriate action, Porter thinks that Trump has to give a speech so that he can avoid misjudgment from the people. Porter also thinks that Trump’s speech may act as a healing potion to the people (Woodward 205). Although Trump does not like the tone of the speech, he doesn’t reject the concept outright.
It is clear that Trump is uncomfortable with the speech. He believes that the language is weak, something that will be transferred onto him and therefore, Porter spends some time editing it to accommodate the President. Later, Trump takes the podium and gives the speech. The author claims that the president appears as someone coerced to speak, drawing similarities between the speech and a hostage video (Woodward 206). After the speech, many people congratulate Trump complementing him for the great broadcast. However, some TV presenters interpret the speech as an apology, this is turn makes the President furious and regretful of saying anything.