“I understand that everything that Donald Trump says is offensive to some people. The president is pushing back against what he sees as wrong. It’s how he’s done it in the past, and he’ll continue to do it in the future.” There’s an odd tinge of truth in that explanation from acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney following another few days of presidential racism in which Trump took on Elijah Cummings, Baltimore, Al Sharpton, and the common decency we once associated with the White House. AP: Accused of racism, Trump blasts black congressman as racist. (Trump is in danger of using up all of his black targets too early. By 2020, he’s going to be hate-tweeting about Black Friday, Black Cats, and Black Sabbath.)