Donald Trump has been struggling harder than ever to regain the dwindling approval of America after his disgusting comments following the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Already infamous for his racism and bigotry, Trump became even more historically unpopular when he failed to denounce (and actually ended up defending) white supremacy and neo-Nazis.
Now, Trump and his administration are scrambling to do damage control as his ratings continue to plummet. Apparently, the White House thinks that one of the main ways to do this is to convince America that Trump isn’t racist – and their solution is beyond pathetic. Trump and his advisors believe that Trump can win over America by simply having a public discussion about racial issues with a black person. Axios reported:
President Trump’s botched Charlottesville response was the low point of his presidency for some of his key aides. Now, he has a chance for a reset, at the same time that he’s reveling in the adulation for his surprise deal with Democrats. Trump meets one-on-one Wednesday with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Republican senator who is African-American, who told Vice after Charlottesville that the president’s “moral authority is compromised.”
Aides say Trump is most likely to take in information if there’s a personal story attached to it. The session with Scott provides exactly such an opportunity. The moment could be fleeting or consequential, depending on whether Trump realizes that, at 71, he has a lot of catching up to do.
That’s right – Trump is going to talk about race with the only black Republican Senator, and this is going to somehow fix his racism and make America change its mind about him. The fact that the president of the United States even needs this sort of intervention is concerning enough – no country should be ruled by someone who actually needs to be educated about a social issue as enormous as racism. This clearly shows how incompetent and out of touch Trump is, and it will take far more than one discussion to get through to him. For Trump, who is clearly racist to his core, this is nothing more than a publicity stunt – and it might even cost him his white supremacist fans.
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