The violence and hatred spawned by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend received and deserved nearly universal condemnation this week. Except in the White House, where Donald Trump and other close associates took off their sheets and unmasked themselves for the fearful racists many of us suspected they were all along.
Here is a man who denounces American war heroes and handicapped journalists at the drop of a hat, but can’t bring himself to renounce the Ku Klux Klan or Nazi sympathizers. For all practical purposes, the Trump presidency has ended. The only question left is how to remove this cancer on American democracy quickly and effectively in order to minimize the damage he is doing to our country every day. Vice President Mike Pence, who also can’t make himself criticize the American Nazi movement, has to go, too.
The only thing I’d really like to hear (or read from Donald Trump’s Twitter feed) is that he is stepping down from the presidency to devote more time to his family.