On Friday, as President Trump’s recent “shithole” comments again forced the national media to grapple with the question of whether a president who continuously makes racist remarks is a racist (answer: yes), President Trump said that Americans should honor Martin Luther King Day on Monday “with acts of civic work and community service in honor of Dr. King’s extraordinary life … & his great legacy.”
So, naturally, he commemorated the holiday by visiting one of his golf courses for the 94th time during his presidency.
In a way, you could look at Trump’s time on the links as an act of selflessness, since it will shield America from, say, a potentially wayward and disturbing press conference. (Though, of course, the president is still tweeting.)
Rather than make a big, fake show of racial solidarity on MLK Day itself, Trump made his on Sunday night, when he told reporters at Mar-a-Lago: “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”
In the annals of soaring rhetoric, it’s definitely up there with “I have a dream.”