Even Republican senators are fed up with the God-King’s pandering to the white supremacist right. (More)

We have no quippy introduction by Professor Plum today. No one went to the wine cellar library to drink think on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”). Chef and the Professor of Astrology Janitor even called off the staff poker game. So your lowly mail room clerk will move directly to the week’s correspondence….


Dear Ms. Crissie,

We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order. And we need to love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together. So important. We have to respect each other. Ideally, we have to love each other.

Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better – but Charlottesville sad!

The President of the United States, Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, and Leader of the Free World

Dear God-King,

We agree that “we need to love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together,” although we suspect that your phrase “cherish our history” was an implicit nod to neo-Confederates who insist their longing for the so-called Lost Cause is about “history, not hate.”

We suspect you meant that because you pointedly did not blame the white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville to stoke rate and violence. Instead, you blamed “many sides.” And lest anyone miss that both-sides-ism, you repeated it. As The Atlantic’s Elaine Godfrey noted, “the biggest questions are about what the president leaves unsaid.”

We note that you would hardly have been going out on a limb in condemning these racist cretins. House Speaker Paul Ryan called them “a scourge,” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said their “hatred and bigotry … does not reflect American values.” Senator Ted Cruz said “these are not the values our country represents,” and Sen. Marco Rubio was even more direct:

So was Sen. Orrin Hatch:

We find it odd that, after whining for years because President Obama would not say “radical Islamic terrorism,” you find it impossible to call out white supremacy and neo-Nazis. Conservative 2016 presidential candidate Evan McMullin suggests why:

And make no mistake, that’s exactly what those bigots heard in your silence, as David Duke attests:

Senator Ron Wyden put it clearly:

Even the reliably conservative Dallas Morning News rejected your false equivalence:

Unfortunately, what we witnessed Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., revealed the ugliness of America. What’s worse is that in its aftermath, President Donald Trump had an opportunity to show real leadership but couldn’t bring himself to do it.
The country needed to hear the president specifically condemn white supremacists and make clear to them that while they have a First Amendment right to express their views, their hatred and bigotry run counter to the values of the United States. There will be no toleration of violence.

On Saturday, President Trump failed his country.

We conclude that there was only one thing coming “on many sides” yesterday, and that was criticism of you. Rightly so.


Photo Credit: Ryan Kelly (The Daily Progress/AP)

God-King; Elaine Godfrey; Paul Ryan; Mitch McConnell; Ted Cruz; Marco Rubio; Orrin Hatch; Evan McMullin; David Duke; Ron Wyden; Dallas Morning News.


Happy Sunday!