Donald Trump’s appearance in Arizona last night was vintage Trump — self-centered, reckless, factually challenged. The audience loved it.

The comment from critics was brutal. Conservative commentator Jennifer Rubin, for example:

It would be nice if a couple of R’s stepped forward to say this was horrifying, dishonest and raises issue of mental stability

So what’s new?

In blaming the media for his ills, particularly response to his Charlottesville hate march remarks, Trump said, they are “trying to take away our history and our heritage.” This was a clear appeal to the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Or just to the garden variety Trump base that wants a wall to keep out brown people and mass deportation of those already here.


His media supporters — and mainstream press coverage — gave emphasis to his call for unity. Oddly, some of those accounts including the one in the Democrat-Gazette, omitted the “heritage” counter-balance to his unity rhetoric.

In case you wondered, here’s the story on the pro-Trump black guy seated behind Trump, who’s appeared at his events before.

More than a few critics questioned Trump’s mental stability. They are singing to a choir that still likely couldn’t deliver an electoral college victory. His support continues in key areas, such as monolithic Dixie. Defense of Robert E. Lee still sells here. Big-time.