In another universe, one where hyperpartisanship didn’t rule every aspect of domestic politics, Trump’s critics would have expressed gratitude that he spoke out — even if they’d preferred that he had done so earlier — and taken heart that his Justice Department had said it was investigating, and that Trump’s vice president had added a trip to Dachau to his schedule during a European visit. But we don’t occupy that universe.
“The president’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism that has infected his own administration,” a man named Steve Goldstein wrote on his Facebook page. “His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension. Make no mistake, the anti-Semitism coming out of this administration is the worst we have ever seen from any administration.”…
But can Trump’s critics really think they are helping their own cause by being so intemperate? My own view is that grossly exaggerating the flaws of Trump and his enablers takes them off the hook. Stephen Miller, the young White House aide who helped botch the rollout of the White House immigrant ban, followed up that performance by beclowning himself on the Sunday talk shows. “The powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned,” he said.
Isn’t that enough to work with? Not for the today’s hyper-left Democrats. The Daily Kos, a go-to website for progressives, posted a picture of Miller buttoning his sports coat and claimed he was flashing a secret “white power” sign favored by white supremacists.