He would apologize, if only he could find the time

Question of the hour: can Trump apologize? Answer: no. If he tried his head would snap off his neck and roll away.

The ineffable Piers Morgan asked him to in a cozy little chat they had.

In an interview with the “Good Morning Britain” television program, Trump was pressed by Piers Morgan, the presenter, about his November retweet of three videos by a far-right fringe party called Britain First. The retweets caused outrage in Britain and brought a rebuke from Prime Minister Theresa May, who described the president’s posts as “wrong.”

Trump said repeatedly Friday that he knew “nothing” about the group’s politics. He said the tweets showed his concern over the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.

His exact words were pure Trump:

It was done because I am a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terra. This was a depiction of radical. Islamic. terra.

It was done because – not I did it because, but it was done because. That’s the weasel right there: he will not use the first person pronoun when he’s talking about a shitty thing he said or did. The first person pronoun is The Holiest Word to him, and he will not sully it with any vocalization of wrongdoing. The Trump “I” cannot do a Bad Thing. The Bad Thing he did always becomes a thing that was done, with no agent present.

When Morgan outright asked him to apologize, he didn’t. He did another verbal feint – this time the sacred “I” was uttered but the tense changed to the conditional. He would apologize…some far off day when we’re all dead and gone.

“If you are telling me they’re horrible people, horrible, racist people, I would certainly apologize if you’d like me to do that,” the president told the ITV broadcaster.

Morgan didn’t have the wit to say “When?” or “Do it now.”

Reaction in Britain was mixed to Trump’s rare offer to concede a mistake. Many Britons noted that it wasn’t really an apology; others said it was close enough.

Well the actual apology never did take place, unless it happened off camera and out of anyone’s hearing. Trump just said he would apologize and then proceeded not to. That’s definitely a notpology.

Trump listened as the interviewer described Britain First, which presents itself as a political party but is widely seen as an extremist group targeting Muslims, as “racist.”

He denied having any knowledge of the group when he shared three videos from Jayda Fransen, its deputy leader.

“Of course I didn’t know that. I know nothing about them, and I know nothing about them today other than I read a little bit,” Trump said. “I don’t know who they are. I know nothing about them, so I wouldn’t be doing that.”

He added, “I am often the least racist person that anybody is going to meet.”

He always says that (without the “often” qualification), and he’s not. Nope. He’s not the least racist person that anybody is going to meet, not often, not ever. Of course nobody knows what that would even be, but given the ease with which we can find scorching examples of Trump’s explicit racism, we don’t need to understand what “least racist” would be; we know he’s not it.

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