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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Veep candidate Mike Pence is currently being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer. And it's not going terribly well. One key moment happened when Pence refused to call David Duke "deplorable." Transcript after the jump ...

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As far as I know, this hasn't been mentioned. But it jumped out at me pretty immediately. As far as I can tell, none of the Trump campaign pushback to Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comments have said anything about the people Clinton was talking about not being racist, not being misogynist or by whatever definition not being 'haters.' It's not referenced once. Check out the statements after the jump.

Does that strike you as a bit odd.

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Let me take a moment to address this "basket of deplorables" comment because I think it's critically important to get this right. Hillary Clinton has simply said what is the premise of most election coverage of the 2016 campaign: a big chunk of Trump supporters are haters. Racists, misogynists, people who are angry at the social and demographic changes in the country that most Americans see as progress. They want to stop it in its tracks and they want payback for what has happened already. To emphasize the point, this is not just what she and likely the great majority of her supporters believe. It has been the premise of most reporting on the campaign and validated by a vast cache of public opinion data confirming these points.

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If you like podcasts, here's the debut episode of my new podcast, The Josh Marshall Show. In this first episode, I talk to Stuart Stevens, the top strategist for Mitt Romney in 2012. We talk about how he got into politics, growing up in Mississippi, the books he's written and of course the rise of Donald Trump. You can listen here (sub req).

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