Opinion

09/23 – What you’re saying: Amanda Ashley, Jean Bolduc, Allen Spalt. Tom Clark and Paul Bonner

No apology necessary

Read and comment on more news on editor Mark Schultz’s Facebook page. On Tuesday, Mark posted a link to Leonard Pitts’ column defending ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill, in which Pitts wrote: “Well, if Hill deserves firing for calling Trump a white supremacist, then what does he get for actually being one?”

Here is what some of you said:

Amanda Ashley: Get wrong? She got nothing wrong. Except stating truth to power, when power knows its truth as does anyone else. Seems like all of America has acquiesced in the acendency of a sense of belief which permits our naked emperor to demand the firing of one who calls out his nakedness. The fact that we are even debating this is an indicator of so many things askew in our culture, society and nation.

Jean Bolduc: Ms. Hill represents the demographic (African-American women) that went more that 90 percent against Trump. Her comments were factual and not on ESPN's air. I don't care what Trump, an ignorant fool, says about it. I'm very disappointed in ESPN for not standing behind her.

Allen Spalt: She did nothing wrong, a lot right, and needs to apologize to no one.

‘What happened’

A Thursday post asked readers what they thought of Marc A. Thiessen’s column “Hillary Clinton still doesn’t get ‘what happened,’” in which he wrote: “So Clinton believes she lost Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the presidency because of the bigotry of middle America. One problem with her analysis: Millions of those white people who voted for Donald Trump also proudly voted for Barack Obama.”

Tom Clark: We should thank Mr. Thiessen for reinforcing Hillary’s point in his attempt to refute her explanation. What changed voters from Obama in ’08 and ’12 to Trump in ’16 was exactly the racist, sexist, nationalist con job perpetrated by Trump and the Republicans that the HRC describes in her book. What Thiessen and other “lamestream” Republicans want to leave out is their own agency in supporting that con: The idea that the Trumpsters will come through on a political agenda that will really help the working class. Hillary at least has the dignity to accept responsibility for her mistakes. Conservatives like Theissen, who were roundly rejected by the electorate and continue to be mocked by both sides can claim no such dignity; just the opportunity to use this national debacle to make a few bucks for their trickle-down selves.

Paul Bonner: I doubt anyone quite knows for sure why people who voted for Obama voted for Trump. Thiessen seems to dismiss out of hand what seems to me the most likely explanation, that Hillary is at least partly right, and that these citizens voted for Obama despite being susceptible to Trump's message and embodiment of values that are populist, but of the nativist, xenophobic, and yes, at least subliminally racist mold that pops up periodically in American politics, sometimes winning elections. McCain and Romney lacked appeal in the blue collar Rust Belt for some of the same reasons Hillary Clinton did: association with a political machine or dynasty and, in Romney's case, the oligarchic class.

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