Golf day

Yesterday Trump retweeted Pastor Darrell Scott saying

There is nothing racist about President #Trump‘s suggesting that those who regularly spew hate at #America might spend their time more productively elsewhere

Trump’s next tweet says

‘God be with you all’: Trump pledges full support for El Paso shooting victims as lawmakers also grieve.

I wonder if the first one is meant to absolve him of any responsibility for the El Paso racist murder-spree. Pastor Scott is wrong, unfortunately, despite being black himself. He’s wrong because the people Trump told to leave are all non-white. Pastor Scott is free to pretend that’s irrelevant if he chooses, but he’s still wrong, wrong on the facts and wrong morally. Trump’s racist record is long and by now boringly familiar, so yes, when he does something that looks racist, it’s safe for us to conclude that it is racist and he intends it to be racist and he does it with malice aforethought.

Seven hours later he shared his thoughts again:

Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people….Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas.

Somebody wrote that for him, and whoever it was is a damn fool. Who cares whether or not “it was an act of cowardice”? What’s that got to do with anything? Why would that matter?

And we know it’s a lie about the heartfelt thoughts and prayers. We know perfectly well they don’t actually care at all.

Eight hours after that oops he had to mention another mass shooting; they’re coming every few hours now.

The FBI, local and state law enforcement are working together in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio. Information is rapidly being accumulated in Dayton. Much has already be learned in El Paso. Law enforcement was very rapid in both instances. Updates will be given throughout the day!

The cops arrived fast. That’s what he singles out for mention. We’re supposed to be thrilled about the sirens and the speeding cars, I suppose. Oooh it’s just like tv!

And the jaunty exclamation point at the end.

He’s been playing golf all day.

But he sent a message before he left.

God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.

That’s fine then.

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