Before Trump: The media abuse of the Deplorables @James Taranto, @WSJOpinion.

Nov 24, 2017, 04:42 AM

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Before Trump: The media abuse of the Deplorables @James Taranto, @WSJOpinion.

His case in point is Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, whom CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked: “There are some supporters of Donald Trump and Mike Pence who—David Duke, for example, some other white nationalists, who would fit into that category of deplorables, right?” But Pence did not yield to the pressure: “Well, as I told you last time I was on, I’m not really sure why the media keeps dropping David Duke’s name,” Pence said. “Donald Trump has denounced David Duke repeatedly. We don’t want his support, and we don’t want the support of people who think like him.” “Would you call him a deplorable?” Blitzer pressed. “You would call him that?” “No, I don’t—I’m not in the name-calling business, Wolf.” York rehearses a bunch of headlines to the effect of “Pence Refuses to Call David Duke ‘Deplorable,’ ” and concludes: Could [Mrs.] Clinton have hoped for any better response? . . . Mike Pence could make what in any other context would be accepted as a definitive statement. . . . It still didn’t matter. Unless Pence adopted Clinton’s exact word—and Clinton chose one that sticks in the brain and invites the question—Pence risked being aligned with Duke and others of his ilk. At least one Republican lawmaker agrees. Politico quotes a spokesman for Utah’s Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican who has refused to endorse the Trump-Pence ticket, describing a Tuesday conversation between the senator and the governor: “Lee emphasized that Republicans must identify David Duke’s racism as deplorable.”

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