Draws even with Beto O'Rourke: Candidate Warren really took it to Donald J. Trump today.
According to the New York Times, she said that yes, he is a white supremacist. According to the Times, this brings her even with Candidate O'Rourke.
She said he is a white supremacist. She then explained why she says that:
KAPLAN (8/8/19): “He has given aid and comfort to white supremacists,” Ms. Warren said during a campaign swing in western Iowa. “He’s done the wink and a nod. He has talked about white supremacists as fine people. He’s done everything he can to stir up racial conflict and hatred in this country.”"He has talked about white supremacists as fine people." Our team enjoys such claims.
Just for what was, at one time, naively described as "the record," Trump said this, among other things, at the Trump Tower press event on the day to which Warren refers:
"And you had people—and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally."
Trump said that, and several things like it, in the exchanges that day. We offer that for the sake of what was once known as "the record."
Especially at tribalized times like these, many things you hear again and again are embellished, novelized tales. That's true of things you hear on Fox. It's true of a few of the favorite things you hear over here in our tribe.
We regard Donald J. Trump as disordered and dangerous. We regard our floundering species as heavily fiction-based and reflexively tribal.
We split into tribes and create favored tales. That's just basic anthropology, almost all the way down.
Another basic example: To hear John McWhorter discuss the shooting of Michael Brown, you can just click here.
He speaks with Slate's Mary Harris. To read the transcript of their discussion, you can just click this.