Let’s face it – Hillary Clinton’s speech yesterday was a devastating blow to the racism that is fueling Donald Trump’s candidacy. As Kevin Drum put it, “Trump has made his bed, and Hillary is making sure he has to lie in it.” The candidate himself responded with an unhinged twitter-storm of lies and distortions. But in the wake of that agenda-setting speech, who had Trump’s back?
What did Republican Congressional leadership have to say in defense of their candidate?
Recap: Asked for response to Clinton's 'alt-right' speech:
Ryan spox: "Doubt he saw it."
McConnell spox: "I don't think he saw the speech."
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) August 26, 2016
How about the Chief Strategist and Communications Director for the Republican National Committee?
. @seanspicer on glaring lack of GOP pols defending Trump yesterday from Clinton speech. "I don't know. I think Congress is in recess."
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) August 26, 2016
Mr. Spicer had time to tweet quite a bit yesterday about Hillary’s emails and the Clinton Foundation. But he apparently joined Congress on being “in recess” when it comes to defending his party’s presidential nominee.
Could it be that Donald Trump has become so toxic that the best his party can do is embrace a strategy of “silence is golden?” Take note because this really is extraordinary in the history of presidential politics.