Oh wait, you fell for it? You thought when Donald Trump threw a bone to the Democrats just to spite his own Republican Party, it meant he was pivoting toward the mainstream? You thought it was a sign that he was becoming presidential? You thought it meant he was suddenly and magically no longer a racist? Well, thanks to Trump’s own latest words, the egg is now officially on your face already.
Trump is still tweeting his newfound support for DACA. But at the same time, he spoke with reporters on Air Force One today, and revisited his racist remarks about Charlottesville. Trump took widespread criticism for insisting that both sides or “many sides” were to blame when white supremacists and neo-Nazis held a rally which culminated in a deadly terrorist attack. And sure enough, Trump is now back to blaming both sides.
Trump was bragging about the meeting he had held with Republican Senator Tim Scott. This led him to inexplicably attack those who were protesting against the white supremacists and Nazis, according to the transcript: “You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also. And essentially that’s what I said.” (link) Then he kept going: “You look at, you know, really what’s happened since Charlottesville — a lot of people are saying — in fact a lot of people have actually written, ‘gee Trump might have a point.’ I said, you got some very bad people on the other side also, which is true.”
So even in the midst of Donald Trump’s craven decision to flip flop on DACA simply to punish his own Republican Party for having criticized him on other recent issues, he’ll still making a point of saying racist things. There is no pivot here. Nothing has changed. Trump is still just as much of a racist as he was yesterday.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report