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From The Reporter’s Notebook
The Republican Jewish Coalition suggested that the Anti-Defamation League went too far in its criticism of Donald Trump’s campaign and supporters during the 2016 presidential election and could be in a “compromising position” as a result, TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. Asked whether he interpreted those comments to be a threat, Oren Segal, the director of the ADL’s Center on Extremism, told TPM’s Allegra Kirkland that the group will continue to call out anti-Semitism where it sees it. “Our consistent record of speaking out against bigotry and anti-Semitism and hatred is as relevant today as it has ever been and that’s not going to change,” he said.
Agree or Disagree?
Josh Marshall: “Trump is so thoroughly corrupt in his dealings that it is probably fair to say that he doesn’t even recognize the concept of self-dealing as being a problem in itself. They say hypocrisy is the tribute which vice pays to virtue. In Trump’s case there isn’t even much hypocrisy. In every case we’ve seen him discuss it, he sees self-dealing and self-enrichment as a normal, meritorious way of doing things. His followers almost all tend to be grifters, in many or most cases people who bet all on Trump when he seemed like a longshot because both professionally and metaphorically they had nothing to lose. Those people will want a bonanza and I suspect they’ll get it.”
“We don’t know.”
– Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has no idea if he plans to amend the Affordable Care Act or completely replace it.
BUZZING: Today in the Hive
From a TPM Prime member: “I think he dabbled in birtherism, and like a monkey in an experiment with its pleasure centers being hit by electrodes for pulling a level, he got attention. And some adulation. So he came out with build the wall. More cheers, more attention. He spewed a million things, including that the Iraq War was a mistake, that Planned Parenthood does a lot of good, that universal healthcare makes sense, that McCain isn’t the Most Honorable Man Ever. But none of that got the applause and adoration like ‘Lock her up!’ and ‘Build a wall!,’ ‘Deport Muslims’ and ‘Take America back from THEM.’ Racism and xenophobia and misogyny returned the largest jolts to his pleasure centers. So he stuck with them.”
Related: Trump said he was “saddened to hear” of the reported spike in racist incidents since he was elected president.
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