He’s not a racist, his supporters insist, but…. (More)

A lot of people can do backflips. Mostly gymnasts and divers, but some other athletes can too. Even some ordinary people try, with varying degrees of success. But it takes a squirrel to do a backflip with a full twist — without dropping my Blewberry. The fluffy tail helps a lot.

Or you can do mental gymnastics….

“He was impressed that a lot of black people came to the U.S. Open because they were playing”

Take Kara Young, a biracial model whom the God-King dated 20 years ago, as quoted in the New York Times:

“I didn’t hide my race from Donald Trump. He knew,” Ms. Young said in a rare interview. “He would say, ‘You’re like Derek Jeter.’ And I would say, ‘Exactly.’”

“I never heard him say a disparaging comment towards any race of people,” she added.
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“It’s definitely easier to be with your own kind. It’s easier for everybody, so if someone is super, super special and super, super interesting you can take them out,” Ms. Young said. “I think it was very interesting to him to meet and hang out with Russell Simmons and meet Sean Combs.”

But when asked whether she thought Mr. Trump was racist or supported white supremacist ideals, Ms. Young said, “That was not my experience.”

She dated Mr. Trump nearly 20 years ago, but Ms. Young, whose mother is black and whose father is white, recalled a man with limited understanding of other cultures. He didn’t talk much about race or racial history, she said, but he had a curious racial awareness and a propensity for stereotypes.

“We went to the U.S. Open once, and a lot of black people came because it was Venus and Serena,” she said, referring to the Williams sisters. “He was impressed that a lot of black people came to the U.S. Open because they were playing.”

Black people, he seemed to think, did not watch tennis.

I’ll wait while you try to land that roundoff-double-backflip with two twists. Don’t sprain a synapse.

Never a “disparaging comment,” but “a curious racial awareness and a propensity for stereotypes,” including that black people wouldn’t watch tennis unless Venus and/or Serena Williams were playing. I guess Arthur Ashe never existed, never mind that the the prime court of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is Arthur Ashe Stadium. It opened in 1997, the same year Young began dating the God-King.

Oh, and the National Tennis Center is where they play the U.S. Open. So they were sitting in the newly-opened Arthur Ashe Stadium – which honors our nation’s first black tennis champion – when the God-King marveled that black people watch tennis.

Actually, I think I sprained a synapse writing that last sentence….

“Their successes and their failures”

New York/New Jersey regional HUD chair Lynne Patton also insists the God-King is not racist:

The president “doesn’t see color the way the average person does,” she said. He assesses people based on “their successes and their failures.”

Unless “their successes” include overturning a conviction with DNA evidence and the actual attacker’s confession, years after a botched investigation amidst a media frenzy that he helped to stoke. “Successes” like that apparently don’t matter a damn, because the God-King still insisted they were guilty.

On the other hand, losing a treasonous war to defend slavery, well “failures” like that don’t bother him in the least:

President Trump on Thursday assumed the role of leading spokesman for the racially charged cause of preserving Confederate statues on public grounds, couching his defense in historical terms that thrilled his core supporters and signaled his intent to use cultural strife as a political weapon just days after deadly violence in Virginia.

“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“So foolish!” he added, bemoaning efforts in several municipalities to take down Confederate tributes.

So, what do the Central Park Five have in common that might erase their successes? And what did those Confederate ‘heroes’ have in common that might overcome their failures? Maybe it’s true that he “doesn’t see color the way the average person does.” Maybe he sees it even more vividly….

“Nothing has changed. Gary is focused on his responsibilities as NEC Director”

Then there are his aides, pretending the last week hasn’t happened:

Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council and a former Democrat, told colleagues he was furious at having to stand by like a prop while Trump defended neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. But the former Goldman Sachs CEO has not yet vented that frustration publicly, and friends and colleagues said they assume he is staying on in order to be nominated chairman of the Federal Reserve. “Nothing has changed,” a second White House official said. “Gary is focused on his responsibilities as NEC Director.”
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Trump’s aides are not exactly rallying around him. But the interviews with administration officials, who did not want to speak on the record for fear of publicly disagreeing with the boss, showed that the majority of those offended by his comments are staying on in spite of him.

Their reasons for remaining, those interviewed said, range from personal ambition to feeling something like the designated driver at a drunken frat party.

“A lot of it is just making sure that things that are not fully baked or things that are not constructive don’t end up happening,” one senior White House aide explained of the rationale for soldiering on.

Let’s compare those mental cartwheels to the responses of Missouri Democrats after state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal posted on Facebook that she hoped the God-King will be assassinated:

She quickly deleted her post, but not quickly enough. By midafternoon, the political verdicts of her own party were rolling in:

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.: “I condemn it. It’s outrageous. And she should resign.”

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis: “(C)alling for the assassination of the President is a federal crime. … (She is) an embarrassment to our state. She should resign immediately.”

Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber: “The … Party will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the President. I believe she should resign.”

Missouri Senate Democratic Caucus leader Sen. Gina Walsh: “(She) should be ashamed of herself for adding her voice to this toxic environment.”

No need to choose between the tuck, pike, or layout positions there. And that’s good, because I’ve already sprained enough synapses for the day.

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Image Credit: Crissie Brown (BPICampus.com)

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Good day and good nuts