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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  • Mary

    You didn’t expect a Trump to take responsibility, did you? It’s always somebody else’s fault.

  • Opinionated Cat Lover

    The Younger Trump’s nose is growing.

    He knew exactly what he was getting into. He’s busy trying to feed his father’s base, and he knows exactly what they feed on. So notions that ‘Oh, if we only knew, we’d not have talked to the bad racist people!’ are half baked, bald-faced lies. Just like Trump’s own. And the only reason Trump the Elder denounced the KKK endorsement is he knows the longer that festers, the more it hurts his chances with the independents and moderates. But he waited JUST long enough that the racists were jumping all over themselves at “the man who gets it”!

  • The_Fixer

    I think if Drumpfo der Clown has an Achilles heel, it is his racism.

    While a lot of white people unconsciously act and think in racist terms, they do find blatant racism distasteful. Even some Republicans. I doubt that they are the kind to vote for Drumpfo der Clown anyway, but they are out there.

    I also think that a lot of Independents feel the same way. Between these disaffected Republicans, most Independents and Democrats, I think he’s very vulnerable come election day.

    Drumpfo der Clown is playing a risky game here, and think it could very well be his undoing – as long as it is hammered on and he is not allowed to change the subject. He’s crafty like that, but it would not take a genius to effectively argue against him and win.

    Obviously, that person is not Mittens Romney. I wonder what James Carville could do, though? He’s loud enough, brash enough and quick enough on his feet to pull Drumpfo der Clown apart, I think. Even though I personally don’t care for Carville, give credit where credit is due.

  • There’s a simpler solution, Occam’s Razor if you will: Drumpf knows damned well he’s dog-whistling and bull-horning for the far right racist bigots. The ignorance is merely what he pretends.

    Time and time again, Drumpf pretends there’s something he oughtn’t do or say because people would get upset. Only his pretense contains doing or saying the exact thing.

    His campaign is trolling the entire country.

  • He’s not surprised. If he actually is, he shouldn’t be.

    Daddy Drumpf is “palling around” with white supremacists in his proto-fascist presidential campaign, granting them the legitimacy they haven’t had since the mid-1960s.

  • Stella Luna

    Trump Jr. seems to be as aware of his surroundingss as Trump Sr, who said last night that he would never associate with white supremacists or other racist/hate groups, yet he regularly re-tweets messages from blatant white nationalists. These tweets and their origins have been repeatedly pointed out to him and mentioned in various media, yet Trump acts astounded when people finally start publicly calling him on them. He simply loves to go as far as he can with his nonsense before he gets caught. Total low-rent mentality.

  • 2karmanot

    Wild animal slaughterer Dtrumptf Jr. killer of Aslan don’t know nutt’un about no white supremacists.

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