David Remnick: Tubby Thumping!
When I listen to Conrad Black describe Donald Trump I think I’m hallucinating.
When I hear him describe [Trump] as not a sexist, not a racist, not playing on white fears, not arousing hate, when he’s described in a normalized way as someone in possession of policy knowledge, as someone who somehow is in the acceptable range of rhetoric, I think I’m hallucinating. And I fear for our country. And I don’t think it’s unreasonable to do so.
And of course I accept the results of the election, of course I do. At the same time I also know that Vladimir Putin played a distinct role in this election and that is outrageous. And we’ve normalized it already.
Less than a week after the election is over suddenly Washington is going about its business talking about who’s going to get what jobs. You’d think that Mitt Romney had won. It’s an hallucination.
–David Remnick, New Yorker editor, thumps Tubby Black on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS panel, CNN, Nov. 13, 2016.