November 16, 2016

I almost missed this clip from CNN. The New Yorker's David Remnick has words for the Washington press corps about Donald Trump:

DAVID REMNICK: When I listen to [Trump supporter] Conrad Black describe Donald Trump, I think I'm hallucinating. When I hear him described as not a sexist, not a racist, not playing on White fears, not arousing hate, when he's described in a kind of normalized way as someone in absolute possession of policy knowledge, as someone who somehow is in the acceptable range of rhetoric, I think I'm hallucinating. And I fear for our country, and I don't think it's unreasonable to do so. And of course, I accept the results of the election. Of course, I do. At the same time, I also know that Vladimir Putin played a distinct role in this election, and that's outrageous. And we've normalized it already. Less than a week after the election is over, suddenly Washington is going about its business talking about who's going to get what jobs. You would think that mitt Romney had won. It's a hallucination. But I don't think we can indulge that and I don't think if you are serious about opposition in this country or serious journalism or whatever the role is to play, then the time is now.

Trump supporter Conrad Black spoke to CNN from Canada, because due to securities fraud convictions and deportation he has been barred from entering the United States for 30 years.

Barred from entering the United States for 30 years.

Did I mention the Trump supporter that CNN had on their classy world news Sunday show has been barred from entering the United States for 30 years? Okay then.

Fareed Zakaria reminds Conrad Black about Mexicans as rapists and deporting 11 million undocumented people etc. And this deported convicted fraudster defends Trump by saying...wait for it....Obama was just as bad, and besides...

CONRAD BLACK: ...Trump walked back all those points. He's not expelling 11 million illegal migrants. He's not doing that. He's not saying he's doing that. He's been relatively clear in that if you listen to him. And he made an initial shock statement in the early primaries on a number of these things. They were outrageous, they were bombastic. But instead of permitting the no flexibility, which I admit would be straining the latitudes of saying, well, it's just politics. But instead of doing any of that, those things were seized upon with a kind of sadistic amplification system by his opponents precisely because they had no campaign for the re-election of the Democrats.

And yeah, Neera Tanden smacks that right down:

NEERA TANDEN: ...People are seeing language against African-Americans, against latinos, against women all throughout the country. and for five days President-elect Trump could have said something to stop, to give those people some sense that this will not be the beginning, this will be the end of that rhetoric. He has chosen not to, and I think that proves that Conrad Black is wrong about this language.

I'll let David Remnick have the last word:

If Trump...goes the way...of Steve Bannon, I don't think we can normalize this discussion.

Also recommended: David Remnick's "An American Tragedy," which includes this:

The commentators, in their attempt to normalize this tragedy, will also find ways to discount the bumbling and destructive behavior of the F.B.I., the malign interference of Russian intelligence, the free pass—the hours of uninterrupted, unmediated coverage of his rallies—provided to Trump by cable television, particularly in the early months of his campaign. We will be asked to count on the stability of American institutions, the tendency of even the most radical politicians to rein themselves in when admitted to office. Liberals will be admonished as smug, disconnected from suffering, as if so many Democratic voters were unacquainted with poverty, struggle, and misfortune. There is no reason to believe this palaver. There is no reason to believe that Trump and his band of associates—Chris Christie, Rudolph Giuliani, Mike Pence, and, yes, Paul Ryan—are in any mood to govern as Republicans within the traditional boundaries of decency. Trump was not elected on a platform of decency, fairness, moderation, compromise, and the rule of law; he was elected, in the main, on a platform of resentment. Fascism is not our future—it cannot be; we cannot allow it to be so—but this is surely the way fascism can begin.

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