As I've noted elsewhere, Trump surrogates are invading cable news networks today to spread their rattled peacock feathers and complain about how terrible it is that Hillary Clinton named the racism driving Trump's campaign.
To that end, Scottie Nell Hughes and Krystal Ball made an appearance on Headline News to duke it out, but Krystal delivered the knockout punch right at the outset.
"Tthe truth hurts," she observed. Ticking off evidence, she said, "You can't deny the fact that you have the David Dukes of the world in his camp backing him strongly. You can't deny the fact if you go on Stormfront, they love their glorious leader Donald Trump. You can't deny when you go to his rallies thrown around-- and hear the "n" word thrown around and Clinton called the "b" word."
"I think it's frankly important to point out the kind of company you're keeping if you're going to back somebody like Donald Trump, she added.
That put Scottie Nell Hughes into high dudgeon indeed.
"I, unlike Krystal, can admit when my candidate did something wrong," she declared. "I don't think that was the right thing to say in a world right now when we are phrase. trying to deal with gun violence, let's not use that and simplify it and use a hyperbole, even though his point was to say Hillary Clinton could get away with almost anything. I would not use the gun acronym to put that into perspective."
Hughes was referring to Trump's claim that Hillary Clinton could shoot someone through the heart with 20,000 people watching and still get away with it, which is at best an awkward analogy (not acronym) to make.
She also went on to claim that Clinton has done something wrong by putting a name to the racism itself. "To say one-quarter of the American population is those things, that is wrong.I think --"
Krystal Ball shot back, "What number would you put to it? Because you can't deny this is real."
Hughes fumed, "It's my turn. would you like me to sit there and say Hillary Clinton is accountable for cop killings or communism or anarchism?"
She did allow that there "might be a small fringe, a very small fringe that had those horrible things that we denounce, that Mr. Trump denounces. Hillary Clinton is trying to divide our country."
All of the back-and-forth is fine, but the fact remains that Krystal Ball nailed it with her first three words.
The truth hurts.