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In mid-August, alt-right, neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, including the Ku Klux Klan gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a demonstration that ended with a white supremacist driving a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring 19 . President Donald Trump responded not by condemning the racist terror, but rather by blaming "many sides" for the violence. Yes, some members of Trump's business advisory bodies took a stand.Even the councils themselves were little more than a tool for boosting Trump's ego, by stoking his self-image as a businessman's businessman.Yet, while a few council members resigned after Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, the majority remained, owing to an overriding desire for prestige and access.Only when Trump implicitly validated literal Nazism did they feel compelled to weigh their options.These business leaders cannot credibly claim that they believed, until last week, that they could be a moderating influence on Trump. In fact, by choosing to remain on Trump's councils for so long, these business leaders implicitly endorsed his authority, which, as he showed time and again, he was unfit to wield.Trump's economic councils comprised the heads of some of the world's largest companies.One might argue that, now that Trump's economic councils have been disbanded, the issue is moot.
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