July 5, 2016

DON'T BE sTUPID, BE A SMARTIE!:

Trump's Twitter War Against Clinton Turns Anti-Semitic, Surprising Nobody (Jesse Bernstein, July 5, 2016, The Tablet)

"But he has Jewish friends/family/employees!"

That's been the refrain since last Saturday (or really, since December) when Donald Trump, or one his campaign surrogates, or one of his adoring fans, makes a questionable comment about Jews. And on Saturday morning, Trump, in attempt to take another shot at "Crooked Hillary," waded into anti-Semitic waters once again [...]

How to decipher the latest from the Donald? The easiest route to take is to call him an anti-Semite, which may very well be true, but doesn't quite get at what makes this so interesting. Mistakes tend to reveal far more about the zeitgeist of a campaign than successes, and this one is no different.

Let's say it was truly a mistake. Scavino, trolling Twitter for a succinct Hillary takedown, happened upon this image and a) didn't check the history of the user who posted it, which was virulently racist and anti-Semitic, and b) hastily grabbed the image without realizing the connotations, which should've been obvious. The smart thing to do, obviously, would've been to disavow the image, acknowledge the mistake, and move on. But contrition isn't really in the Trump playbook, so instead, we get conflicting apologists. Scavino didn't really apologize and sort of blamed Microsoft, while Lewandowski and Trump both claim it was misconstrued.


Former Ku Klux Klan Leader David Duke Defends Donald Trump Tweet (Rachel Dicker, July 5, 2016, US News)

Back in February, there was some confusion over whether Trump had disavowed Duke's endorsement of his campaign.

When given the opportunity to separate himself from Duke in a CNN interview, Trump refused, and later maintained that he could not hear what he was being asked.

Posted by at July 5, 2016 4:18 PM

  

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