Chuck Todd read an excerpt from a Bulwark Online article(Never-Trump website) claiming that Donald Trump and Bernie supporters are a “digital brown shirt brigade”.
He reads from a @BulwarkOnline piece saying of Bernie Sanders and his supporters “no other candidate has anything like this sort of ‘Digital Brown Shirt Brigade’ I mean, except for Donald Trump.” pic.twitter.com/yx0TvfgP9g
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) February 11, 2020
This was clearly a way for Todd to call Trump and Bernie supporters “Brown Shirts” without actually saying it himself.
Grabien founder explained the tactics used by Todd:
Tom Elliott, founder and news editor of Grabien, a media company, told Fox News that because Todd is “one of NBC’s ostensibly straight news guys,” the “Meet The Press” moderator has to be more crafty in order to express is own opinions.
“Chuck Todd has to resort to these kinds of journalistic sleights of hand to get his own views across,” Elliott said. “He doesn’t have to personally express any opinions, he can just approvingly quote other people likening Sanders supporters to Nazis, or Trump fans to Bible-thumping rubes.”
Of course, there is a sliver of truth in what he is saying. Both Bernie and Trump supporters use social media to push their political beliefs. However, what Todd misses is that this isn’t a bunch of “Brown Shirts”. These people are pissed off Americans who have had it with the status quo. They respond to people on Social Media not as a way to bully but to let their voices be heard. This is actually Democracy at its finest.
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