The God-King still thinks white supremacists and fascists are no worse than people who protest white supremacy and fascism…. (More)

“There is no realistic comparison. Period.”

So much for that overhyped pivot:

President Trump just pivoted back to being President Trump.

While headed back from an empathetic visit to Hurricane Irma-stricken Florida and on the heels of more bipartisan dealmaking in Washington, the president reverted to his unapologetic, combative, dubious-claim-peddling self. In a 15-minute chat with reporters, he claimed vindication for his hugely controversial comments about Charlottesville, alluded to the Obama administration allegedly spying on his campaign, and – after repeatedly pointing to the unprecedented nature of the latest hurricanes in recent weeks – played down their size when asked whether climate change was to blame.

That Washington Post article by Aaron Blake picks apart each of the absurdities the God-King spewed yesterday. It wasn’t just Charlottesville, but that has drawn most of the coverage … and for good reason. Here’s what the God-King said:

“[Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and I] had a great talk yesterday. I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what’s going on there. You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that’s what I said. Now because of what’s happened since then with Antifa, when you look at really what’s happened since Charlottesville, a lot of people are saying, and people have actually written, ‘Gee, Trump may have a point.’ I said there’s some very bad people on the other side also. But we had a great conversation. And he has legislation, which I actually like very much, the concept of which I support, to get people into certain areas and building and constructing and putting people to work. I told him yesterday that’s a concept I can support very easily.”

Here’s Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on that conversation:

“At the end of the day, I voiced my concerns about the thought that somehow three centuries of American history of raping and murdering people based on their color is somehow equal to what Antifa is doing today,” Scott said on Thursday.

When asked if he found it frustrating to see that Trump might not have gotten the message, Scott said, “No, I mean, listen. He is who he has been and I didn’t go in there to change who he was, I wanted to inform and educate a different perspective. I think we accomplished that. To assume that immediately thereafter he’s going to have an epiphany is just unrealistic.”

Scott later released this statement:

In yesterday’s meeting, Senator Scott was very, very clear about the brutal history surrounding the white supremacist movement and their horrific treatment of black and other minority groups. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and to expect the President’s rhetoric to change based on one 30 minute conversation is unrealistic. Antifa is bad and should be condemned, yes, but the KKK and white supremacist groups have been killing and tormenting black Americans for centuries. There is no realistic comparison. Period.

At the same time, it was encouraging to hear the President commit, as he did yesterday in their meeting, to diversifying his staff, as well as make clear his support for the Senator’s Investing in Opportunity Act. These are concrete steps that will help our poor and minority communities and ensure their voices are heard.

No matter what is said or not said, the Senator will continue his efforts to unite our nation and move forward as one American Family.

And no, Sen. Scott’s name is not Tom. Just sayin’.

So yeah, the God-King signed the joint resolution condemning white supremacy that passed by overwhelming margins in both the House and Senate, but he had to add a caveat:

The president says in a statement announcing the signing that, “As Americans, we condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms.”

Except that’s not what the joint resolution said. Here’s the full text:

S.J.Res. 49, which condemns the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, recognizing the first responders who lost their lives while monitoring the events, offering deepest condolences to the families and friends of those individuals who were killed and deepest sympathies and support to those individuals who were injured by the violence, expressing support for the Charlottesville community, rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, and urging the President and the President’s Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups.

It’s pretty clear who the House and Senate drafters had in mind, and it wasn’t people who protest “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, [or] neo-Nazis” … unless you think people who protest those ugly ideas are merely “other hate groups.”

And apparently the God-King does….

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Good day and good nuts