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Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Post That Almost Was (Update)

I was going to do a "Disgusting People" post yesterday, but in the aftermath of Greg Gianforte's assault on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, there were so many crawling out from under their rocks -- from Rush Limbaugh to Laura Ingraham to Dinesh D'Souza -- that it got completely out of hand.

There's only so many disgusting people I can take at one time.

Update: It occurs to me that the reactions of the right to Gianforte's assault on Jacobs reflect the phenomenon outlined in this article:

"You're lucky someone doesn't pop one of you.” A Montana voter said that to a CNN crew Thursday night, the day after Montana’s new Republican congressman-elect, Greg Gianforte, body-slammed a reporter who was asking him about President Trump’s health care plan. . . .

While attacks on journalists are becoming more common, the era of trickle-down political lawlessness is well under way for all Americans. Hate crimes in metropolitan areas rose 20 percent in the last year, fueled by an election that was engineered by men like Steve Bannon, who have branded multiculturalism a disease and fact-based journalism a scourge. In New York city, anti-Semitic incidents rose a staggering 94 percent in the last year, according to the NYPD.

Welcome to Trump's America.

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