Quick Takes: Trump Crossed the Line…Again

A roundup of news that caught my eye today.

* When Trump made comments supportive of the white supremacists who protested in Charlottesville, I wrote that the reaction it stirred was based on the fact that he had crossed the line from covert to overt racism. For some reporters, he did so again today with his remarks about how immigrants from Haiti and Africa come from “shithole” countries. Here are some of the reactions:

* Even Frank Lunz pushed back.

* The White House issued a statement that basically affirmed the sentiments in more “politically correct” language.

* Here’s what’s critical to keep in mind.

A short time after this segment, Jackie Kucinich of The Daily Beast said something further on CNN. That was this. The words are terrible. The attitude and mindset is terrible. But what is really important, much more than the words is that this attitude and strategy are embodied in the White House’s policies. That’s what matters.

* Yesterday I referenced reporting from Anita Kuman that Steve Miller is working behind the scenes to derail legislation that would protect the Dreamers. That’s why this doesn’t surprise me.

The Trump administration rejected a bipartisan Senate proposal to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, saying it needed more work.

“We’re pleased that bipartisan members are talking,” President Donald Trump’s congressional liaison Marc Short said Thursday, but added, “I think there’s still a ways to go.”

Short said the administration is concerned about a number of issues including the amount of protection at the U.S.-Mexico border and family preferences for immigrants.

* We’re seeing a lot of reports like this lately.

* As in most cases, there’s more to the story.

Walmart is closing 63 Sam’s Club stores across the US, the company told Business Insider on Thursday afternoon, after reports of abrupt store closings began to emerge.

Sam’s Club has not said how many employees are losing their jobs. Each Sam’s Club warehouse employs about 175 people, meaning more than 11,000 people could be impacted.

* Finally, this seems like a fitting way to close out this day:

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.