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“The president is not going to weigh in on that”

In case you missed it, early today Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, was asked whether Donald Trump condemned the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who shot protesters.

Her reply (with crucifix dangling from her necklace): “The president is not going to weigh in on that.”

This should be a new low, but it’s not. Because there are so many new lows. Day after day after day of new lows. What it is, however, is a clear indicator of what Donald Trump knows to be true. Namely, he needs racists to be re-elected.

And he’s right.

There are tons of racists in this nation. Tons upon tons. They’re mostly white, the grew up with this weird notion that whites>blacks, and they somehow see themselves represented by a lifetime huckster millionaire who lived in a gold New York City skyscraper and never showed them (racist whites) a moment of interest until the 2016 election.

Now, he needs them.

That’s why we have the dog whistles. That’s why we have the scare-the-suburbanites soundbites. And that’s why, as we sit here, the White House press secretary refuses to utter a peep about a murderer.

She wants to keep her job.

And if that means supporting a shooter, so be it.

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