Well, President Trump didn’t really rise to the occasion this week, but neither did many Democrats, and the growing notion that every Trump voter is complicit in his every questionable act is beginning to take hold of everyone to the left of the GOP. Is this politically wise? Is it morally sensible? What consequences will it have? Give a listen.

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  1. Woolfolk Inactive

    This podcast seemed to be endorsing Joe Biden strategy of making fighting white supremacy the center of his campaign.

    When Joe Biden kicked off his campaign his stated reason for running is because of the awfulness of President Trump saying that there were good Nazis demonstrating at Charlottesville. This is easily refuted by watching video of the press conference. This lie is an extremely harmful. It would be responsible to debunk this lie whenever these issues are discussed.

     

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    • August 10, 2019, at 8:47 AM PDT
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  2. Woolfolk Inactive

    To quote notorious right wing hater Howard Kurtz

     

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    The president’s opponents can call him a white supremacist who’s condoning mass violence without media criticism, but if he defends himself, he’s committing an awful breach of public decorum

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    • August 10, 2019, at 9:50 AM PDT
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  3. Daniel Sterman Listener

    Woolfolk (View Comment):
    This is easily refuted by watching video of the press conference.

    The sudden surge of people engaging in this bit of gaslighting is one of the most disturbing developments in the anti-anti-Trump movement. He really, really did say that.

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    • August 10, 2019, at 10:18 AM PDT
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  4. Steven Iverson Member

    Trump did not say or imply that there were good Nazis.

    Watch the Prager U video on this bald faced lie.

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    • August 12, 2019, at 6:49 AM PDT
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  5. Daniel Sterman Listener

    He said that the people marching the night before the riots were “very fine people”. Were there people marching that I don’t know about?

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    • August 12, 2019, at 1:07 PM PDT
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  6. Woolfolk Inactive

    Daniel Sterman (View Comment):

    Woolfolk (View Comment):
    This is easily refuted by watching video of the press conference.

    The sudden surge of people engaging in this bit of gaslighting is one of the most disturbing developments in the anti-anti-Trump movement. He really, really did say that.

     

    Ignorance or bad faith?

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    • August 12, 2019, at 1:08 PM PDT
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  7. Steven Iverson Member

    Daniel Sterman (View Comment):

    He said that the people marching the night before the riots were “very fine people”. Were there people marching that I don’t know about?

    yes, there were pro and con groups for removing statue of Robert E. Lee.

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    • August 14, 2019, at 6:19 AM PDT
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  8. Daniel Sterman Listener

    Steven Iverson (View Comment):

    Daniel Sterman (View Comment):

    He said that the people marching the night before the riots were “very fine people”. Were there people marching that I don’t know about?

    yes, there were pro and con groups for removing statue of Robert E. Lee.

    Virtually none of the posters advertising the event so much as mentioned the statue. The top billing in all the advertising of the event was a who’s-who of leaders of the white supremacist movement. Anybody who went to the event knew exactly why they were going and who they were supporting.

    Furthermore, if there were one or two attendees who somehow got roped into the white supremafest unwillingly, those hypothetical attendees would have attended the event during the following day. They would not have been among the clean-looking, well-dressed Tiki-torch bearers shouting “Jews will not replace us” that Trump was referring to when he said that the people marching the night before were “very fine”. Heck, even the “con groups” you refer to hadn’t arrived yet!

    It really disgusts me how low the right has fallen. You’ll do anything, twist any fact, distort every memory, just to ensure that Trump can never ever be wrong. No man is worth that, and Trump far less than most men!

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    • August 14, 2019, at 11:18 AM PDT
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