Part 4—Maddow didn’t dislike him: With apologies, the lost, deranged soul known as Dylann Roof is said to have had a rationale for his recent conduct.
With apologies, three reporters explain his thinking in today’s New York Times. We offer this with apologies—apologies for the ugly derangement of this lost soul’s thoughts:
CORASANITI (6/19/15): Witnesses to the killings said the gunman asked for the pastor when he entered the church, and sat next to Mr. Pinckney during the Bible study.We’re always inclined to “pity the poor immigrant,” in the Bob Dylan sense of the term. Still, that reasoning defines what it is to be deranged, lost, no longer human.
They said that almost an hour after he arrived, the gunman suddenly stood and pulled a gun, and Ms. Washington's cousin Tywanza Sanders, 26, known as the peacemaker of the family, tried to calmly talk the man out of violence.
''You don't have to do this,'' he told the gunman, Ms. Washington recounted.
The gunman replied, ''Yes. You are raping our women and taking over the country.”
The gunman took aim at the oldest person present, Susie Jackson, 87, Mr. Sanders's aunt...
That said, it isn’t like we hadn’t heard that song before. One day earlier, a deeply deranged, familiar figure had announced that he was running for president.
Blustering as he has done for years, he shared his ugly thoughts:
TRUMP (6/16/15): Our country is in serious trouble. We don't have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don't have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let's say, China in a trade deal?According to this disgraceful person, Mexico is “sending us” its rapists. They simply won’t send us their best.
They kill us! I beat China all the time. All the time!
When did we beat Japan at anything? They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn't exist, folks. They beat us all the time.
When do we beat Mexico at the border? They're laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they're killing us economically.
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems.
Thank you. It’s true, and these [gesturing at the crowd] are the best and the finest.
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
That was an amazingly stupid and ugly presentation. In the most obvious sense, Donald Trump is Dylann Roof.
To state the obvious, Trump has been like this for years. During the Obama years, he stopped being a loud-mouth buffoon and became an ugly demagogue instead.
Back in 2011, we wrote a series of posts criticizing the editors of the New York Times for their failure to condemn the ugly things this ludicrous man kept saying right in their own city. Here’s an example of his brilliant ruminations on Fox:
HANNITY (4/15/11): He went to a Muslim school in Indonesia. He talks about studying the Koran. He talks about one of the most beautiful moments being, you know, prayer times at sunset.“He was born Barry Soetero?” Trump is so dumb that he wasn’t even able to keep the basic conspiracy story-lines straight.
TRUMP: Look, he was born Barry Soetero. Somewhere along the line, he changed his name.
I heard he had terrible marks and he ends up in Harvard. He wrote a book that was better than Ernest Hemingway, but the second book was written by an average person.
HANNITY: You suspect Bill Ayers [of writing the first book].
TRUMP: I said, Bill Ayers wrote the book.
HANNITY: Why do you think it's Bill Ayers?
TRUMP: Because everyone says he's a super-genius and he was a great writer.
Bill Ayers was a super-genius. And a lot of people have said he wrote the book.
Meanwhile, Bill Ayers was a super-genius? Is Trump alive on this earth?
The man who made those remarks, and so many others, was deranged, disgraceful, sub-human. But right there in his own home city, the New York Times editorial board seemed reluctant to challenge the words of their powerful neighbor.
Eventually, they put two paragraphs of soft complaint at the end of this editorial. Four years later, the deeply ridiculous figure is back. This week, he shared his thoughts about rapists, as Roof would do the next day.
Someone else has had a hard time formulating her thoughts about the repugnant Trump. On Monday night—the night before he made his latest repellent remarks—Rachel Maddow offered her own ridiculous thoughts about this disgraceful man.
It was the latest installment in her bewildering, month-long imitation of “campaign coverage.” As always, her work this night was faux.
Donald Trump was going to announce that he was running for president! On Monday night, this led Maddow to offer a long, inane discussion about the things she just doesn’t get about American politics.
As it turned out, one such mystery was Trump’s political appeal. After reams of pointless, self-involved blather, Maddow weirdly said this:
MADDOW (6/15/15): In 2014, he said he was going to run for governor of New York. At the last minute, he decided he wouldn`t run for governor of New York after all.Say what? It is not at all that she dislikes Trump? It’s not qualitative at all?
Now, apparently, we are on the eve of him announcing whether or not he is going to run for president this time in 2016 as a Republican.
And here, we get to the limits of my abilities as a person who has a job like this. Because it is not at all that I dislike Mr. Trump and, therefore, don’t see the appeal because I don’t share the affection for him that his supporters have. It’s nothing like that. It’s not qualitative at all.
I do not recognize— What’s going on here is that I don’t recognize, I cannot see that what he is doing is something that might conceivably to anyone have any political appeal.
Obviously, political analysis shouldn’t involve the question of “liking” a candidate. That said, it was astounding to see a figure like Maddow saying she had no “qualitative” problem with Trump “at all.”
Really? It’s not qualitative at all?
Trump has been a noxious figure for way too many years now. But Maddow went out of her way to stress the fact that she doesn’t “dislike” him at all!
She has no “qualitative” objections. She just can’t see the appeal! She had to call in “my friend,” Chris Matthews, to help her puzzle it out!
In a rational world, Maddow’s rambling discussion on Monday night made very little sense. Donald Trump is a deeply disgraced, repellent figure.
Maddow couldn’t begin to say that.
That said, we don’t live in a rational world—or at least, we haven’t been living in any such world as Maddow has conducted her “campaign coverage” over the past month. She has endlessly clowned and played the fool, focusing on abject trivia and endlessly talking about herself.
She’s very good at mocking people like Pataki, Kasich, Gilmore, Ehrlich and even Howard Dean. But when a figure like Trump comes along, she can’t bring herself to emit a single discouraging word.
Maddow’s ridiculous treatment of Trump continued on Tuesday night. That morning, Trump made the disgraceful comments we posted above. On Tuesday evening, Maddow completely ignored them.
Yesterday, we tried to give you a taste of the sheer inanity of Tuesday evening’s Maddow show. In her discussion of Trump, she focused on an invented claim—the claim that he had announced that he wants Oprah Winfrey as his running-mate!
This claim was false, but Maddow was clowning extremely hard that night. In the past month, she has done this night after night as she pretends to discuss the “campaign.”
Twelve minutes into Wednesday’s program, Maddow finally mentioned Trump’s comments about all the Mexican rapists. Her position? Candidate Bush should have challenged those remarks!
We had the exact same reaction! Except we thought that Broadcaster Maddow should have had something to say.
Can we talk? There’s no way to keep up with the sheer inanity of Maddow’s “campaign coverage.”
It may be some sort of ratings play demanded by the suits. It may be that Maddow has had some sort of intellectual meltdown.
Whatever explains it, Maddow is treating her viewers like fools as she conducts her “campaign coverage.” She’s clowning, faking, entertaining.
She has been conducting a scam. More politely, we’ll call it a gong-show.
For what it’s worth, Maddow is a major Manhattan figure. Sometimes, respect must be paid.
It isn’t just the magnificent Trump. Last night, she interrupted her coverage of the Charleston murders to spend an entire segment kissing the ascot of Brian Williams! Needless to say, she pretended she was being brave by engaging in such conduct.
Donald Trump has been a thoroughly degraded figure for way too many years. His public conduct has been an undisguised disgrace.
For whatever reason, people like Maddow doesn’t seem willing or able to say that. How hollow must a millionaire corporate progressive be to reach so sorry a state?
On Wednesday night, a young, deranged lost soul in Charleston acted on the same deranged venom Trump had spewed the day before. On Tuesday evening’s show, Rachel had simply ignored that venom.
Instead, she cavorted and clowned about Oprah Winfrey and just kept playing the fool. The night before, she went out of her way to tell the world that she doesn’t “dislike” Trump at all.
“It’s nothing qualitative at all?” After years of his ugly, disgraceful birtherism, why in the world is that?
This afternoon or tomorrow, we’ll show you what Matthews told Maddow about Donald Trump this past Monday night. Spoiler alert:
“Look who’s talking,” the analysts cried, as Matthews sketched his outline.