Fear - Trump in the White House
Bob Woodward
Contributed by Larisa Brooke
Chapter 29

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.


America leads the world in terms of its diversity, home to many different races, religions and communities. This attributes to its centuries of openness to refugees from all over the world. However, this diversity has its issues. The Charlottesville white supremacists believe that America should only belong to them and they are fighting to chase away other races and religions. Nonetheless, the vast majority of those in power stand against the actions of the neo-Nazis. These leaders effectively condemn racism through online social platforms such as Twitter. This action indicates their love for all Americans and their desire to end violence. On the other hand, Trump’s tweets may seem one-sided, he talks about standing against violence, but it may look like he sympathizes with the white supremacists.

The president cares a lot about how people perceive him. Although his tweet seemed one-sided, he does not want to give the speech since it may make him seem weak. His efforts to change the speech indicate his controlling nature. Clearly, he wants to deliver the speech in his own terms and using language that he feels comfortable with.

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