Will Hurd - but questions to squad not heard
July 15: Trump in a WH garden statement claimed that the four progressive Democratic Party House Representatives who had just recently criticized the treatment of migrants legally seeking asylum at the southern border could “go back to the places from which they came”. Trump’s remarks overall in his address were widely seen as racist. Later that afternoon Congress women Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib gave a press conference on live TV (during the ‘Situation Room’ with Wolf Blitzer) in which they responded to Trump’s comments. Prior to the conference with the four Congress women, Blitzer had interviewed black Republican Representative Will Hurd (a former CIA employee). Blitzer repeatedly asked Hurd if he thought Trump was a racist but Hurd refused to affirm that idea. Instead he asserted that he didn’t know how many times someone needs to say something racist in order to count as a racist, admitting that Trump had made some racist claims (including those against the American citizens and Congress women that Trump had disparaged). Hurd was implicitly appealing to the philosophical notion of vagueness in his non-answer to Blitzer. How many dollars must you have in your name at the bank before you count as middle-class? How old must you be before you count as middle-aged? What height must you be until you count as tall (relative to some specified category e.g. modern American Wall Street bankers?). Adding one dollar to your account intuitively can’t make the difference between not being middle-class and being middle-class. Yet keep on adding dollars and there comes a point when you are clearly middle-class. Adding one inch to your height intuitively can’t make the difference between being not tall and tall. But keep on adding inches and there comes a point when you are a clear case of being tall (not a borderline, Hurd-type situation where it’s not clear whether Trump is racist or not). Hurd is being disingenuous because he knows Trump is a clear case of someone who is a racist. Trump has illustrated his racism in his actions and his words again and again. Trump clearly falls into the category of someone who is racist, not a borderline case where it’s not clear whether he is racist or not. Situation Room panelist Susan Hennessy indirectly hinted at Hurd’s lack of candor (contrary to Blitzer’s praise of his ‘bluntness’ after appearing on the show to talk about Trump’s attack on the four in question), after the press conference. Although one’s attention was focused on what the four said during their conference, one couldn’t help noticing that the questions from the press following up on the Congress women’s statements were INAUDIBLE on CNN’s coverage. That meant (watching live on CNN) that the responses could not be fully understood since one didn’t know what questions the Representatives were responding to. Was this just a glitch on live TV? That might be a plausible explanation if just one (maybe two) questions were inaudible. However NONE of the questions posed to the Congress women following their statements were audible. One couldn’t help remembering when the protests of progressives at the DNC in Philadelphia in 2016 were initially audible then quickly and deliberately muted. CNN pretend to be outraged at Trump’s racism, whilst all the while controlling public response to it with their censorship of live TV coverage of progressives. They will continue to push for their absolute train wreck corporate candidate Joe Biden.