In the middle of a longer article about the Petulant Elect’s attempts to intimidate the press, Solomon Jones notes the following, which should be obvious, but seems not to be.
Though Trump eventually went on the record Tuesday to tell the New York Times that he disavowed the white nationalists who are among his most ardent supporters, Trump’s actions say otherwise. He appointed as his chief strategist Steve Bannon, who gave voice to white nationalists. He chose retired general Mike Flynn as national security adviser after Flynn said fear of Muslims is “rational.” He chose Alabama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general after Sessions was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 because of numerous allegations of racism.
Those actions have consequences, as we’ve seen in the rash of hatred and bigotry that has been unleashed in the wake of Trump’s election. When bigots are emboldened to physically assault women who are wearing a Muslim head covering, or to paint swastikas on walls in Trump’s name, or to threaten black students attending an Ivy League university, America is in danger.