Columnist

Sometimes the only way to find a moment’s peace is to take refuge in a fantasy world of your own creation. President Trump certainly does, which is obvious every time he opens his mouth. My utopian fantasy is the world where, instead of directing his vitriol at the news media, the president of the United States used that time to take the relatively uncontroversial step of denouncing actual neo-Nazis. Join me in imagining this better world, where the following things he said Tuesday night in Arizona about the media were actually directed against appropriate targets.

1. It’s time to expose the [neo-Nazi] deceptions, and to challenge the [neo-Nazis] for their role in fomenting divisions.

2. We’re smart people. These are truly dishonest people.

3. But for the most part, honestly, these [neo-Nazis] are really, really dishonest people, and they’re bad people.

4. And I really think they don’t like our country. I really believe that.

5. And I don’t believe they’re going to change, and that’s why I do this. If they would change, I would never say it.

6. These [neo-Nazis] are sick people.

7. You would think — you would think they’d want to make our country great again, and I honestly believe they don’t. I honestly believe it.

8. If you want to discover the source of the division in our country, look no further than the [neo-Nazis] and the [white supremacists.]

9. [White supremacy] is terrible.

This is where we are, I guess.