Yes let’s do a [ETA: as several commenters have noted, completely nonsensical] horse race analysis of the POTUS disgracing the most basic political norms in order to foment even more anti-Muslim fervor, without bothering to mention that this is what’s happening:
When yet more anti-Muslim violence results from Trump’s disgusting rhetoric, Haberman and her ilk should be held responsible for their role in it, which consists of exchanging any semblance of journalistic integrity for their precious “access” to the vile demagogue they continue to legitimate with their morally vacuous reporting.
. . . Commenter Sly with next fall’s headlines today:
First Presidential Debate, September 2020
ANDERSON COOPER: Our first question is on healthcare. President Trump, you claimed…
TRUMP: Hey get a load of Pocahantas over here
WARREN: That’s racis…
TRUMP: Hey-ah-ho-ah, Hey-ah-ho-ah…
COOPER: Mr. President, please, the topic is healthc….
TRUMP: *doing the tomahawk chop* oooooooooh oh oooo-oooooh, ooooooooh-oh-ooooooh….
TRUMP: *waddling in a circle, slapping his mouth with an open palm* woo woo woo woo woo
COOPER: We’ll be right back after a quick commercial break
*Cut to a 40 year old white woman putting a bowl of Mac n’ Cheese on a kitchen table in front of an eight year old boy* “You know, I’m just an ordinary mom who doesnt really pay much attention about what happens in Washington, but I have good healthcare, and when Democrats like Elizabeth Warren say they want to take it away I think it shows they’re out if touch.”
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*cuts back to the debate*
TRUMP: *still waddling around the stage in a circle, slapping his lips* woo woo woo woo woo woo
COOPER: And welcome back to this first 2020 Presidential debate. Staying with the topic of healthc…
TRUMP: Get it, this bitch is an Indian
MAGGIE HABERMAN: Trump is really on his A-game tonight send tweet