Photo of the day

I didn’t know Christian Science Monitor had a photos of the week gallery.  But now I do.  This is pretty cool:

A rare white moose is seen in Gunnarskog, Varmland, Sweden. TT News Agency/Tommy Pedersen/Reuters

All polarization all the time

From yesterday’s NYT:

It was a week of incessant tumult, when Mr. Trump tumbled into open warfare with some in his own party over his statements on the violence in Charlottesville, Va.; business executives abandoned his advisory councils; top military leaders pointedly made statements denouncing racism in a way he did not; and his embattled chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, stepped down. But around the country, Mr. Trump’s supporters — and, according to many polls, Republicans more broadly — agreed with his interpretation of a swirl of racially charged events and stood with him amid still more clatter and churn.

Sixty-seven percent of Republicans said they approved of the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville last weekend, compared with just 10 percent of Democrats, according to a CBS News survey conducted over the past week…

It’s an indication of what now seems an almost immutable law of the Trump presidency. There are signs that Mr. Trump’s support among Republican leaders and some Republican voters is weakening. But in an increasingly tribal America, with people on the left and the right getting information from different sources and seeing the same facts in different ways, it reflects the way Mr. Trump has become in many ways both symbol and chief agitator of a divided nation.

Many sides.  Many sides.  Sure, lots of “good people” join in with Neo-Nazi marchers.  And, here’s some nice charts from a recent HuffPo poll to depress you:

Even if you want to somehow ignore Trump’s Saturday and Tuesday comments and pretend that his scripted, forced, Monday condemnation was enough, there’s just no way you can make a reasonable argument he did this at “the right time.” That is, unless you are one of the 2/3 of Republicans who think so.  Ugh.

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