Donald Trump, Jr. surprised that white supremacist media talked to him

Fun fact: the journalists you give media credentials to at your events will act like journalists.

Even the ones who believe that white people are a superior race.

You don’t get to act surprised when they do their jobs.

From TalkingPointsMemo:

Donald Trump, Jr. via YouTube

Donald Trump, Jr. via YouTube

Trump Jr. told Bloomberg Politics on Wednesday that he was conducting a phone interview with conservative radio host Sam Bushman when James Edwards, host of the “Political Cesspool” radio show, jumped in with questions.

“He was brought into the interview without my knowledge,” Trump Jr. told Bloomberg.

Of course, none of this would have happened if Trump’s campaign hadn’t credentialed Edwards in the first place.

See, this is why it’s generally a bad idea to blacklist reporters from legitimate news outlets while credentialing someone who has written that slavery was “the greatest thing that ever happened.” Especially when your campaign is in the process of fielding allegations that your candidate is a raging white supremacist who is cozying up with Klan members and legitimizing violence against people of color at their events.

Trump, Jr. is insisting that he would never have agreed to be interviewed by Edwards had he known who he was talking to, and thinks it’s really unfair for observers to cover this story as if it furthers the narrative that the Trump campaign is racist, but he doesn’t get to make that call. The only reason Edwards was able to talk to Trump, Jr. in the first place was because the campaign let him into the event, tacitly granting some degree legitimacy to whatever he happened to produce while he was there.

Trump’s campaign gave Edwards a credential. What did they think was going to happen?


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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