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By Jonathan M. Katz

WASHINGTON -- Facing mounting condemnations over his white-supremacist rhetoric in light of a wave of racist terror, President Trump attempted a tepid denunciation of racism on Monday that quickly devolved into equivocation and blame-shifting.
Trump's White House speech, delivered half-heartedly over a Teleprompter, failed to engage with the core fact that racist killers, most recently the mass shooter who massacred at least 22 people in El Paso, echo his rhetoric in detail before embarking on their killing sprees.
After the El Paso killing, followed immediately by another gun massacre in Dayton, Ohio, in which the motive remains unknown, prominent Republicans including Sen. Tex Cruz and Rod Rosentein broke a studied silence on such matters to denounce white supremacy and call for action.
That raised pressure on a president under criticism for weeks of accelerating white supremacist rhetoric -- notable even for a man who launched his candidacy with a racist screed against Hispanics and others. Monday's speech was likely intended in part to clear his name.
The speech, however, seems unlikely to quell such concerns. The president spoke so absentmindedly that he offered condolences to the wrong city in Ohio: Toledo. His insistence that "Hate has no place in America" and "warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul" ...
... was contradicted by Trump's own recent rhetoric on Twitter and at rallies, including a rant in which he suggested several nonwhite members of Congress go back to "their countries," and his description of a predominantly black district in Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat and...
... rodent-infested" place where "no human being would want to live."

If anything, the speech echoed Trump's attempt to clean up his initial, equivocal remarks after the August 2017 white-supremacist rampage in Charlottesville, Va. In that case his remarks were so widely panned
for their stiltedness and visible lack of authenticity that Trump lashed out at reporters at a subsequent impromptu press conference, in which he complained he had delivered the written speech "perfectly" and notoriously praised Nazi marchers while lying about their identities.
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