Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Adam Serwer, writing in The Atlantic:
Ordinarily, a politician cannot be held responsible for the actions of a deranged follower. But ordinarily, politicians don’t praise supporters who have mercilessly beaten a Latino man as “very passionate.” Ordinarily, they don’t offer to pay supporters’ legal bills if they assault protesters on the other side. They don’t praise acts of violence against the media. They don’t defend neo-Nazi rioters as “fine people.” They don’t justify sending bombs to their critics by blaming the media for airing criticism. Ordinarily, there is no historic surge in anti-Semitism, much of it targeted at Jewish critics, coinciding with a politician’s rise. And ordinarily, presidents do not blatantly exploit their authority in an effort to terrify white Americans into voting for their party. For the past few decades, most American politicians, Republican and Democrat alike, have been careful not to urge their supporters to take matters into their own hands. Trump did everything he could to fan the flames, and nothing to restrain those who might take him at his word.
"Trump's Caravan Hysteria Led to This," October 28, 2018

1 comment:

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for posting this passage, Chris. I’m not sure I would have seen it in a timely way otherwise. Now I’m going to read it all and post something from it on my blog. Maybe it’ll end up being the same passage, which brings into focus some of the ways in which this president is, as they say in the midwest, “different.”