Law enforcement from different agencies work the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez)

After the horrific shootings that took place over the weekend, there have been lots of calls for the President to denounce white supremacy. It should be noted he’s done that multiple times over the course of his administration and I’m not sure why someone who’s not a white supremacist is expected to constantly condemn it. It should also be noted that the Dayton shooter was a radical left-wing socialist.

Regardless, I get the urge. Some want to see the most powerful person in the world take to the bully pulpit and let it be known what disgusting pieces of garbage neo-nazis are. The media, eager to continue blaming Trump for shootings he had nothing to do with, were demanding such a denunciation almost immediately after news of the first shooting in El Paso broke.

This morning, Trump gave them what they wanted, not to please them, but because addressing the nation after these events was the right thing to do.

This means the media backed off and acknowledged Trump’s words and direct condemnation of white supremacy, right?

Nah, they responded exactly as you’d expect. Here’s The Washington Post’s Twitter timeline after the address.

Trump avoided talking about white nationalism by…directly talking about the evils of white nationalism? Makes sense.

Here was ABC News complaining that Trump’s speech wasn’t good enough because he didn’t take personal blame.

Many of us saw this coming. There was no doubt that the calls for Trump to speak were never in good faith. In fact, the media were almost certainly hoping he wouldn’t so they could bludgeon him with a lack of action.

In fact, after addressing the nation, the media decided they’d found their next pressure point to jam their fingers into. Namely, that a Trump staffer put the wrong name of the Dayton shooting in the teleprompter.

The transparent hackery of all this is easy for any observer to see. No matter what Trump or Republicans do, it will never be enough. The only thing CNN, et al would have accepted here is Trump blaming the right directly for violence, personally blaming himself, and then endorsing every liberal gun control measure. Even then, maybe not.

This was never about actually caring about victims or being against white supremacy. It was always about politics and power. That means ensuring the right are shamed and silenced, facts need not apply.

And that’s why so many on the right have simply decided to stop playing these games.

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