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Trump & the Proud Boys

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Trump is routinely accused of tolerating and even supporting white supremacy. This is because he routinely tolerates and supports white supremacy. When Trump does this, his supporters have a mixed response. Some engaged in a rolling defense. The first line of defense is to deny Trump said the words he said. Since there is usually video or audio of his words, this defense tends to fall quickly. The second line of defense is to insist that Trump’s words were taken out of context. This line usually falls when Trumps words are given in full context. The third line of defense is for the supporters to insist they do not understand how language works and assert that the words Trump used did not mean what they mean. It is fascinating to watch people suddenly become philosophers of language engaged in a deconstruction of meaning that would arouse the most lethargic postmodernist.  This line is usually overrun but almost never abandoned: because Trump has yet to say the exact words “I support white supremacy” they can always insist that his words mean something other than what they mean. There is also often a side defense that involves accusing Trump’s opponents of being the real racists. This can be a risky technique since it implies that it is bad to be a racist; but it can be understood that the point of the defense is to attack the opponents and not condemn racism.  The final line of defense is that while Trump said what he said and it means what it means, he was just joking or trying to bait the libs or fake news. This can be a risky defense, since it undermines all the other defensive lines—although it is a thing of beauty to see a person run all these defenses at once and insist that all of them are true and work perfectly to defend Trump. Some of his supporters do not bother with these defenses—they are openly fine with Trump saying these When Trump is directly asked to condemn white supremacists, he has various defenses to avoid doing this. One is to assert that he. . .

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