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Trump's fate as the "racist president" is sealed

President Trump condemned the violence and racism from Saturday's protests in Charlottesville, Va.

I keep hearing that the president missed an opportunity to denounce racists, the KKK, etc. on Saturday. How much longer will our hope triumph over experience? Donald Trump is seen by these "alt-right," i.e. fascists, as one of their own. Why not? After all, he is the originator of the birther movement, he has a history of racist practices in real estate, and his White House is populated by three men, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka, who have ties to and sympathies with the racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism that infused the "rally" in Charlottesville on Saturday.

No matter what Mr. Trump says in the aftermath of the weekend, now that politics is not going his way, his fate as the "racist president" is sealed. It is clear that his reluctance to name hatred and evil for what it is comes from a deep-seated empathy with enemies of the Republic, whether in Moscow or here at home. He had no such reluctance to call out a Gold Star father and mother, or former presidents, or respected public servants.

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Mr. Trump, fire those three people who are poisoning the White House air, then move aside yourself. You are embarrassing the country that so many millions upon millions love and so few want to destroy!

Jon McGill, Baltimore

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The writer is the director of academic affairs at the Baltimore Curriculum Project.

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