If there was any doubt about Trump’s position on the issue of race, I think Trump removed any doubt in last Tuesday’s painful press conference in which Trump defiantly proclaimed that there were “fine people on both sides” of the protests in Charlottesville, putting neo-Nazis and the KKK on the same moral level as counter-protesters. Of course, only one of those sides decided to ram his car into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing a woman and injuring more than a dozen others. Though some apologists claim that Trump was not sincerely defending the white extremists but was rather being his own contrarian self, even this says a lot about his judgement. If it wasn’t clear before, it’s glaringly so now: Donald Trump is a racist. And if you still, after all this, support him then you probably are, too.
The fact that the alt-right blob of mucus known as Steve Bannon was booted out of the position as Trump’s Chief Strategist on Friday changes nothing. It’s so obviously an attempt to distance Trump from the alt-right, but I think the damage is done. The fact that Bannon was ever allowed to set foot in the White House is shameful. The fact that Trump had anything to do with someone like Bannon says a lot about Trump. I doubt any of that has changed.
So, Bannon’s out, and that’s a good thing, but what now? The Trump news cycle is so fast that I’m getting kind of sick of all these “White House shake-up” headlines. I don’t know if I (or the nation) can take another three-and-a-half years of this. This presidency has been such an insane whirlwind that it’s very difficult to get a sense of where it’s going.
One thing I have noticed, though, is that we haven’t talked about Russia much lately. What a trade-off. Trump got us to stop talking about Russia for a while in exchange for showing himself as a racist asshole. Only makes sense to Trump.