Why Trump’s spontaneous moments on race tell us more than the scripted ones

By | August 15, 2017

President Donald Trump’s examination on race is not over, not by a long shot.

Trump finally bent to intense pressure and called out white supremacist groups on Monday, as the fallout from rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to a woman’s death rocked his administration.

But the real Donald Trump is not typically revealed in the Diplomatic Room of the White House, where he made a formal, scripted statement that attempted to manufacture the political space required to move on from the controversy.

Given that Trump’s natural habitat is on Twitter or in ad-libbed sparring with reporters, the true measure of his sincerity over Charlottesville will come only when the next racial uproar erupts and the President fires off his heat-of-the-moment response. That instinct was on display Monday evening, when he retweeted a far-right conspiracy theorist, Jack Posobiec, who asked why there was “no national media outrage” following a spate of deadly shootings in Chicago over the weekend.

That instinctive reflex was what got him into trouble Saturday, when he condemned violence on “many sides,” appearing to draw a moral equivalence between neo-Nazis and opponents who showed up to protest their rally. (CNN)

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