Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Ugly, Ugly, Ugly - A sane man tweets a Trump rally
This is appalling reading. Well, it's appalling reading if you're not a racist, homophobic, mysoginistic, immigrant-baiting, Muslim-banning bigot who also wants to beat up anyone who disagrees with you.
Jared Yates Sexton is a professor and political writer, and he went along to a Trump rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. What he encountered there was a microcosmic representation of the Trump campaign in all of its ugly, discoloured reality.
Amongst the Confederate flags, drunken attendees, tasteless T-shirts and open misogyny towards Hillary Clinton was a palpably nasty atmosphere. In the end, Yates concluded that yes, of course Trump should be defeated in the same way that a virus needs to be stopped in its tracks, but that the bigger question was how on earth to combat the deeply unpleasant, hate-filled people who are giving Trump such an extraordinary reach.
Of course Sexton is educated, a liberal, a man who thinks about what he's watching and doing. Of course he approaches the Trump rally with a sense of foreboding and perhaps even slight derision. Perhaps someone else would have gone along and seen a happy band of cheerful soldiers celebrating together and rooting for their unafraid champion.
But read his tweets for yourself and see if you think he was making it all up, or reporting accurately from a terrible event. I wish it had been the former.
[Hat-tip to Politics.co.uk's Ian Dunt, who re-tweeted the Yates tweets]