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It’s been a dreadful week for Donald Trump, and anyone defending him

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(Credit: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The United States ended the first week of 2018 by talking about the mental fitness of its president, thanks to a bombshell book that, among other things, called into account his mental faculties and awareness. We’re ending 2018’s second week by wondering how much of a racist he is. (Spoiler: A lot.)

In short, this week was not a good one for Trump, in any way, shape or form. Partly this is because over the past week — intentionally or otherwise — we saw President Trump in his natural form again. After spending the latter part of 2017 sheltered from the press, Trump appeared in front of the TV cameras and repeatedly embarrassed himself. How and why did the White House let this happen? Was chief of staff John Kelly on vacation, or suffering from the flu?

Here’s a breakdown of what the “very stable genius” did thus week.

On Monday, the president attended the College Football Playoff in Atlanta. Before the event, he stood on the field for the Star Spangled Banner. No doubt the intention was to show the president standing up for the national anthem, unlike all those treasonous (and black) NFL players. But right there, in the middle of the field, next to the flag and a bunch of ROTC members standing at attention, Trump demonstrated the attention span of a 3-year-old. He sang some of the words, ignored (or did not know) some of the others, and showed that he could not stand still for two minutes.

Pres. Trump takes the field for the National Anthem ahead of tonight's college football championship game. https://t.co/JGVhB5xp1A pic.twitter.com/k4lFtrwXzI

— ABC News (@ABC) January 9, 2018

The trip to Georgia was intended to shelter Trump from nagging questions about his mental health. Ironically, it worked: His stumbles and bumbles during the next few days would mean that “doubts about Trump’s state of mind,” as the Washington Post wrote Monday, wouldn’t dominate the headlines.

On Tuesday, the White House tried again to show the president’s........

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