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President Trump ā€œdenouncedā€ white nationalists because his feeble ego couldnā€™t endure the public pummeling he received for his initial response to Charlottesvilleā€™s domestic terrorist attack. His ā€œcondemnationā€ would have been more sincere if it were delivered by an actual robot.

Trump thought, or so it seems from a expectedly boorish tweet he sent a few hours after ā€œcondemningā€ white nationalists on Monday afternoon, that the media would praise him for correctly identifying white nationalists ā€” for being ā€œpresidential.ā€

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Despite his successful charming of the media with stunts like applauding the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL and launching a strike on Syria, pundits didnā€™t take the bait this time.

The white supremacists who Trump supposedly condemned didnā€™t even buy his ā€œcondemnation.ā€ Richard Spencer, a Neo-nazi who wears a suit, told reporters that he thought Trumpā€™s remarks were ā€œso hollowā€ and insincere. ā€œI donā€™t think Donald Trump is a dumb person,ā€ Spencer said on Monday. ā€œAnd only a dumb person would take those lines seriously.ā€

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And like a pavlovian dog who wasnā€™t rewarded, Trump lashed out and negated whatever minuscule iota of decency his ā€œcondemnationā€ provided Saturdayā€™s victims ā€” Heather Heyer, who died, and the 19 other people who were injured.

Ultimately, Trumpā€™s tweet confirms what we already knew: his decision to ā€œcondemnā€ white nationalists was, without a doubt, a ploy to appease his critics. It was a PR stunt. If he truly cared about denouncing white nationalism (he doesnā€™t) then his condemnation wouldnā€™t have taken two days, he would have delivered his ā€œremarksā€ in Charlottesville, VA, and Steve Bannon wouldnā€™t have a job in the White House.