May 31, 2016

BUT HE HATES HIM SOME CHARLIE:

Most Anti-POW Candidate in History Embraced by Pro-POW Rally (Jonathan Chait, 5/31/16, New York)

Anybody who still believes Donald Trump's appeal to the Republican base arises from any remotely concrete policy agenda -- this or that adjustment to trade or immigration policy, say -- ought to pause for a moment to consider the candidate's appearance this weekend at the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day rally in Washington. The putative purpose of the rally is and has always been to honor Vietnam-era prisoners of war. This year they cheered remarks from the candidate who last summer insisted that being captured by the Vietnamese disqualified John McCain from heroism.

News coverage of the event emphasized the ironic juxtaposition, but the full implications may be worth a bit more consideration. Taken literally, here was the equivalent of the NAACP cheering David Duke: a pro-Vietnam POW group warmly receiving the figure who has made the most disparaging remarks about Vietnam POWs of any presidential candidate in history, and quite likely any candidate for public office of any kind.

It doesn't matter that he despises his supporters, just that he despises who they despise.

Posted by at May 31, 2016 2:32 PM

  

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