In private, Trump railed that he never should have rebuked white nationalists.
Trump reportedly fumed to aides last year that he should have never walked back his claim that "both sides" were to blame for the race riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, ignited when neo-Nazis marched through city.
"That was the biggest fucking mistake I’ve made" and the "worst speech I’ve ever given," he raged privately at the time, according to author Bob Woodward’s upcoming book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," which reportedly details why so many of Trump's most senior aides view him as a "moron" and completely unstable.
The revelation about Charlottesville confirms suspicions that Trump feels a kinship toward racist, white nationalist groups.
Last year, Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville when a neo-Nazi drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters at the “Unite the Right” hate event in Charlottesville.
After the disgraceful rally and the murder of Heyer, Trump repeatedly refused to condemn the violent white supremacists, instead saying there were bad actors “on both sides” and that the counter-protesters deserved just as much blame.
At one point, he even defended the white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, saying there were “some very fine people” among them.
Rebukes of Trump quickly poured in, including from the United Nations and Germany. The Senate even passed Joint Resolution 49, which “condemns the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia.”
Days after the race riot, Trump, clearly reading from a prepared script, tried to fix the mess he made.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides," Trump said. "It’s been going on for a long time in our country."
Now we know that behind the scenes Trump was livid that aides made him read those warmed-over remarks of conciliation.
The Charlottesville white nationalist riot represented one of the epic crises of Trump's first year in office, as the commander-in-chief floundered on the national stage, obviously uncomfortable having to condemn right-wing radicals, including neo-Nazis, who were indirectly responsible for the killing of a peaceful protester.
For a white nationalist supporter like Trump, it was just too much.
Today, voters get it. Trump's message of bigotry is inescapable.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.