Washington Post’s resident liberal hystericalist Dana Milbank took time out of his busy schedule bashing President Trump to offer brief praise (kind of) for the president's remarks on the Holocaust.
Admittedly, Milbank said there was roughly a one in a million chance this could happen:
I've written a million columns critical of Donald Trump, give or take. This one is in praise.
His campaign was a toxic stew of dog whistles to white nationalists and at times overt anti-Semitism. He continued during his first weeks in office to flirt with the racist fringe; his administration excised any mention of Jews from a statement on the Holocaust; he suggested that the rise in anti-Semitic threats and violence since his election might be a false-flag campaign orchestrated by Jews; he repeatedly hesitated to disavow anti-Semitism; and his spokesman perversely claimed that the Jews Adolf Hitler gassed weren't "his own people."
Hold on, the praise is coming:
But give him credit for this: Trump's speech in the Capitol Rotunda this week for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Yom Hashoah remembrance ceremony was spot-on.
Milbank published a few of his favorite highlights from Trump’s speech and continued the praise wrapped in criticism, because he just can’t resist:
Yes, he was reading from a teleprompter a speech somebody wrote for him. His delivery was prosaic and he occasionally repeated a phrase he liked as if reading the speech for the first time, which perhaps he was. So what? At least he gave the speech.
I don't pretend to know whether Trump has changed in his heart. His campaign was so laced with bigotry toward African Americans, Latinos and immigrants that the anti-Semitism was just one outrage. But his Holocaust speech and similar words in a video and a White House statement in recent days suggest that Trump has the capacity to adjust. And that's welcome news.
Milbank was quickly back to his old ways speaking of Trump’s “disastrous” first 100 days in office and his “courtship of Steve Bannon’s alt-right nationalists,” but said he feels “encouraged” by Trump’s apparent shift in this speech.
Milbank saved some criticism for The Hill and The Atlantic which both chided Trump’s Holocaust speech. But Milbank said “the White House should be praised” and that Trump “needed to make a full-throated acknowledgment of Jews’ suffering.”
That must’ve been tough for Milbank: almost being fair for once.