The horrible acts at Charlottesville proved that America still struggles when it comes to racism. But the aftermath of the events have shown that some leaders across the nation are ill-prepared to actually lead. Along with Donald Trump’s disastrous response, other officials have totally mishandled their reactions to Charlottesville.

Rep. Bryan Zollinger of Idaho attempted to place blame on former President Barack Obama. Zollinger shared a ridiculous Facebook post that claimed, “Obama has set up a ‘war room’ to fight against the Trump administration and that Charlottesville was a part of his plan.”

After backlash, Zollinger said that it was probably a mistake to share the post, but it was plausible. The fact that a lawmaker who has the ability to affect legislation will buy into a false conspiracy theory is problematic. It’s not rational to believe Obama would plan for a group of White racists to travel to Charlottesville and kill anti-protestors so that it would affect Trump. Zollinger should be forced to resign because his views and actions are dangerous to the citizens of Idaho.


A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.