For those just resurfacing from the Oscars, here’s a rough timeline of Trump’s non/reluctant disavowal of an endorsement by ex-Klan Leader David Duke, who earlier praised the Donald as someone who would shut the border and dismantle the“Jewish controlled” finance industry :
Sunday morning: Trump tweets “As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke- I disavow.”
Earlier Sunday: “Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”
Feb 2000: Trump withdraws as presidential candidate for Reform Party after claiming: “The Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani. This is not company I wish to keep.”
And just to drive home how little he cares about the company he now keeps, prior to his Sunday comments, Trump took a moment to re-tweet a quote from Mussolini. [“It’s better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep”]. He later told NBC’s Meet the Press, “”Mussolini was Mussolini… What difference does it make? It got your attention, didn’t it?”)
One is tempted to call the top of the Trump Market — there’s no way he can maintain this — what shall we call it, casual fascism? — and still get the nomination, right? Except that blithe fascism seems not only likely to further arouse a key part of his base, but may now also be attracting mainstream political opportunists — Christie and now Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Who else might we expect to jump on the Trump Train (which, naturally, will always run on time?)
Pundits, too, despite months of insisting that Trump is un-nominatable — are now starting to whisper about the “inevitability” of his nomination. Certainly, the media love a disaster story, and if they can’t find one, they will make one: and most GOP voters, we’re told, do not support Trump. But according to one recent poll, 80 percent of GOP voters think Trump will win the nomination.
There is still plenty of time for the Donald to fall on his own sword. Surely, all but the actual racists and fascists and inbred hillbillies must take Il Duke’s latest salvo as proof of fatal recklessness.
But we’ve been saying that for a year now — just like we’ve been saying that, even if he does win the nomination, there is NO WAY HE COULD WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION.
I still think Trump is unelectable. But I also think a lot of us — especially in the media (right and left) — have no fucking idea what the rest of America is really thinking.
So, once again: where, exactly, is this firewall?