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Donald Trump’s campaign recently started up a weekly “real news” report that has been at once embarrassingly unabashed in its disconnection from the reality of the Trump presidency and a backhanded commentary on it.
The first edition purported to be a list of Trump’s accomplishments, but it only served to underscore how little Trump has to brag about even through a rose (or orange)-colored filter. The second installment functioned similarly, as well as serving as an audition for former CNN flack Kayleigh McEnany’s new job at the RNC.
This week, First Daughter-In Law Lara Trump was back to Orwellize Trump’s disastrous White Supremacy Week, and while not surprising, her report was still stunning in its omission of what really happened this week:
This week, racism and criminal acts of hate have dominated the national stage, and President Trump has made himself very clear repeatedly on this subject. Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. President Trump’s heart goes out to the family of Heather Heyer, who tragically lost their loved one at the hands of a murderer in Charlottesville, as well as the families of the two law enforcement officers lost in the helicopter crash on Saturday.
The president condemns in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America. No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we also salute the same great flag, and we are made by the same almighty God. The president said it best: We must love each other, show affection for each other, and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry, and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.
Of course, Lara Trump’s account completely whitewashes most of the week, during which Trump refused to denounce white supremacists by name last weekend, then proceeded to his Tuesday assertion that there were “fine people” among the white supremacist and neo-Nazi protesters, and he finished with overt praise for white supremacist monuments Thursday.
While not surprising, this propaganda package once again serves to illustrate, rather than obscure, Trump’s failure. If Trump’s praise for white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the Confederacy were actually no big deal, there would be no reason to cover it up. This video is an acknowledgement that even Trump’s own presidential campaign considers his white supremacy stance politically toxic.