I tweeted something mere hours ago that I’m now convinced is wrong.
“Incidentally, I think the WH is probably right about public opinion: Everyone bothered by Trump’s response to Cville already disapproved.”
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) August 14, 2017
Donald Trump once said he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose his supporters, and during the campaign he kept proving himself right. I figured this incident would prove similar.
But since that tweet, two things happened that changed my mind.
One, someone in the White House managed to convince Trump it was in his best interest to specifically condemn the white supremacist groups that have rallied in support of him. Trump must have reason to think playing footsie with white supremacists was causing him political damage if he was willing to give this teleprompter statement that he obviously did not want to give.