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Trump decries US division, but he contributes to it

President Trump continues to live in his own reality, and to change that reality almost by the day.

Looking weary in a news conference last week on the eve of his first foreign trip, the president continued to deny any connection between his campaign and Russia, which intelligence sources almost unanimously agree existed. But in response to questions and later, Trump made an assertion he’s mentioned more of late: Of the roiling Russian controversy — now marked by an independent investigation — he said, “I think it divides the country. I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things.”

This, from the candidate who intentionally divided the country with vicious attacks on his opponents, in rallies where his supporters chanted “Lock her up!” about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where Trump targeted Mexicans and Muslims in every gathering, where he often reckoned the country to be in “serious trouble.” Trump practiced the politics of division as few have in history.

And now he decries the division? Trump isn’t worried about division; he’s worried about what’s going to happen to his administration now that the investigation is in the hands of Robert Mueller, former FBI director. The president’s credibility is damaged, and his approval numbers in polls are down thanks to early stumbling and the lack of preparation on his part and that of his staff. That’s the reality.

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