Facts matter

The “basket of deplorables” comment by Ms. Clinton generated strong reaction from the right, of course, but also from more liberal pundits. Yet, in the fog of commentary few bothered to check the numbers. Are half of Mr. Trump’s supporters “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic,” as Ms. Clinton averred? That translates into roughly 20 percent of the population. Could that many people belong in the “basket”? Well, yes.

Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic also reacted. He is not too happy with journalists:

…For much of this campaign journalists have attacked Hillary Clinton for being evasive and avoiding hard questioning from their ranks. And then the second Clinton is forthright and says something revealing, she is attacked—not for the substance of what she’s said—but simply for having said it. This hypocrisy carries a chilling implicit message: Lie to me. Lie to the country. Lie to everyone. This weekend was not just another misanalysis, it was a shocking betrayal of the journalistic mission which should urge the revelation of truth as opposed to the propagation of hot takes, Washington jargon, and politics-speak.

Amen.