Donald Trump is a deplorable racist. I'm supporting him.
This is not hyperbole. After all the hemming, the hawing, and the tugging of double chins, it's the consensus of the elders of the Republican Party, despite Trump's inability to tamp down his prejudices and his propensity to sound like a drug lord threatening a judge about to break up a murderous cartel.
Of all the reactions to Trump's attack on Gonzalo Curiel, an Indiana-born federal judge who happens to be of Mexican heritage, House Speaker Paul Ryan's was the clearest. On Tuesday, as Ryan attempted to steal a little attention for his poverty-fighting proposals, he was instead forced to account, again, for the antics of his party's standard-bearer. Trump's contention that Judge Curiel couldn't be impartial by virtue of his ancestry was the "textbook definition of a racist," said Ryan, R-Wisconsin.
Well, then, is he withdrawing his support? No.