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Ralf Roletschek / Roletschek.at

It shouldn’t take a German to show an American president how to respond to racial violence, but Chancellor Angela Merkel does it, making Trump’s refusal to condemn the Nazi terror attack in Charlottesville stand out as that much more deplorable.

In comments released via her spokesman on Monday, Merkel expressed shock at the “naked racism” seen during clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

“The scenes at the right-wing extremist march were absolutely repulsive—naked racism, anti-Semitism and hate in their most evil form were on display,” Steffan Seibert told reporters, AFP reported.

“Such images and chants are disgusting wherever they may be and they are diametrically opposed to the political goals of the chancellor and the entire German government.”

Seibert added that Merkel stood with “those who peacefully oppose such aggressive, far-right views.”

That’s how you condemn murderous Nazi racists. Since the entire world lived through a war over this once before, it shouldn’t be hard to figure out that there aren’t “many sides” to consider. There is good and there is evil on this one, and every day Trump refuses to issue that strong condemnation his true colors show through clearer and clearer.

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