In The Roanoke Times, Dan Casey imagines Donald Trump’s inner struggle to denounce racists. A snippet:
TRUMP: After the tragedy in Charlottesville, everyone is demanding I denounce white nationalism, white supremacists and neo-Nazis. But I just can’t seem to bring myself to do it. I laid off Saturday and today, and now the furor’s only growing.
THERAPIST: Sir, do you mean you’re morally incapable of fingering the forces promoting racism, bigotry and hate?
TRUMP: Not exactly. A lot of those marchers in Charlottesville admire Hitler, and it’s easy for me to denounce him. But I can’t seem to condemn them. It’s no coincidence that 100 percent of ’em voted for me. My mouth won’t work when I try to denounce my own supporters. My tongue gets tied.