What Donald Trump needs right now is a quiet week. Once in which he visits a handful of swing states, stays on message and maybe even gives a policy speech.

This was not that week.

It began with the Republican establishment in something very close to outright revolt amid Trump's continued ham-handed handling of the controversy caused by his comments about the Mexican heritage of Judge Gonzalo Curiel.

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk rescinded his previous endorsement of Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was blunt in his criticism of Trump; "I think it's time for him to look like a serious candidate for president," McConnell told a crowd at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday afternoon.

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That night Trump delivered an obviously pre-written speech using the very same TelePrompTers he had so maligned in the campaign to date.  It was meant to send a message to the likes of McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan. That message? I get it. I can change.

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The problem for Trump is that there's very little evidence that he can stick to a plan to be slightly more low key, project more gravitas-- in a word to be more "presidential." Within 48 hours he was slamming Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas," a hit at the fact that she referred to herself as being of Native American lineage in staff directories while working at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. (This was a giant deal during Warren's 2012 Senate campaign against Scott Brown.)

That set off another round of worry within Republican circles -- with GOP Senators bobbing and weaving rather than answer the question none of them could have even imagined might come up a month ago: "Is Donald Trump a racist?"

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And, to finish it all off, Mitt Romney, who was huddled with major donors and political types this week in Park City, crushed Trump in a CNN interview Friday night. “I don’t want to see trickle-down racism,” Romney said of his decision not to endorse or vote for Trump. “I don’t want to see a president of the United States saying things which change the character of the generations of Americans that are following."

Trump ended this week much like he started it -- unrepentant. "I am the least racist person," he insisted to the Post's Marc Fischer.

Unfortunately for Trump, many in his party remain unconvinced.

Each week, I award the worst week in Washington to an inhabitant of Planet Beltway who stands out for all the wrong reasons. You can check out previous winners or e-mail me with candidates. 

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