I'm legitimately scared to see how many Republicans are about to come out in defense of Trump over these new comments. Like, how far will they go to enable this man? How far will they stick their heads in the sand and mutter platitudes while their party becomes the new Nazi party?
There are some things you can’t defend, even if you’re a die-hard Republican.
Half of what happened today was just that.
There’s a reason why Donald Trump has been avoiding press conferences–and a reason why the press has been continually pushing. The press is better at this game than Trump. And while he’s been hiding for about four months, sitting back and thumbing through the phone book of surrogates to speak for him as he makes a hasty escape with a smokebomb of “you are fake news,” the press corps has been cutting their teeth and sharpening their claws. Each conference gave them a new approach and a new strategy–you’ll notice that they tossed aside the vague haze of Russian collaboration to flock around the solid blade of Charlottesville. No one was distracted, no one was changing the subject, because after months of trying to probe Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders, they’ve found the right way to approach the subject: one unrelenting drive.
A frustrated old man started defending racists and throwing stones at political activists. He was dancing dangerously close to the void of saying “It’s her own fault that she got killed”, and while he didn’t say so directly, the fact that the thought entered peoples’ minds may be enough.
There was a farrago of material in that speech that can be brought to bear without hopes of adequate defense. This wasn’t a recorded private conversation, this wasn’t a speech to a horde of admiring fans, this wasn’t even a calm one-to-one interview–this was an unprepared bumbler leaping into a fight he could not win.
And he lost.