The Reaction

After several prominent CEO’s resigned from White House business councils, Trump abruptly reversed his position on the subject (of the councils, not Nazis) and disbanded them via Twitter. “Rather than putting pressure on the business people of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” The move came after eight business leaders quit the councils. If you weren’t one of the eight, you missed your chance.

+ Presidents Bush issued a joint statement condemning racial bigotry. “America must always reject racial bigotry, antisemitism and hatred in all its forms.” The timing of the statement makes it clear who is its target. Sadly, they did not say his name.

+ The world is watching the unraveling. Theresa May’s statement: “I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them.” (We live in a modern moment in which the leader of our strongest ally felt the need to make that point.)

+ In Baltimore, confederate monuments were taken down overnight as the city’s mayor watched.

+ Heather Heyer’s mom at her memorial service: “They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her.”

+ NYT: Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost. The money quote: “Members of the president’s staff, stunned and disheartened, said they never expected to hear such a voluble articulation of opinions that the president had long expressed in private.”

+ The latest person to attempt to keep those private expressions from being volubly articulated in public will be Hope Hicks, who has just been named interim White House communications director. (In this case, the use of word interim is redundant.)

+ WaPo: The nation can only weep. “Tuesday was a great day for David Duke and racists everywhere. The president of the United States all but declared that he has their backs.”

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