But it seems fair to say that calling Hitler a supporter of Zionism was at the very least a creative interpretation of the historical record. I don’t think even his worst enemies suggest that during a hypothetical Livingstone administration he would try (or even want) to kick the Jews out of Britain, or make them wear gold stars, or hire fewer Jews for top posts (maybe he’d hire more, if he makes his hiring decisions the same way he makes his dating decisions).
It sounds like he might be less sympathetic to Israel than some other British people, but I think he describes his preferred oppositional policies toward Israel pretty explicitly.
(if you’re going to bring up “objectification”, then at least you have some sort of theory for how this tenuously connects, but it doesn’t really apply to the Megyn Kelly thing, and anyway, this) And what bothers me most about this is that word “openly”. In particular, I worry there’s a certain narrative, which is catnip for the media: Many public figures are secretly virulently racist and sexist.
Also, gaffes are royal roads to the unconscious which must be analyzed obsessively. “Why did they laugh more at mine than any of the others? The bartender answers “They’d never heard that one before!From his Art of the Deal, written in the late 1980s (ie long before he was campaigning): The person I hired to be my personal representative overseeing the construction, Barbara Res, was the first woman ever put in charge of a skyscraper in New York…I’d watched her in construction meetings, and what I liked was that she took no guff from anyone. And yet it’s turned out that I’ve hired a lot of women for top jobs, and they’ve been among my best people.She was half the size of most of these bruising guys, but she wasn’t afraid to tell them off when she had to, and she knew how to get things done. Often, in fact, they are far more effective than the men around them.The reason for this is that they’ve made one of the most common errors imaginable – they forgot that they don’t have unlimited hours in the day.This seems like it’s obvious – we all complain that we don’t have enough time to do X, Y or Z.So here it is: Many people reading this blog aren’t going to get any better at dating. You may not realize it, but more often than not, you are your own worst enemy.You are Edward Norton punching the ever-loving shit out of himself over and over again as your brain disrupts every single attempt to make things better. Back during the primary, Ted Cruz said he was against “New York values”. It takes a lot of word-I-am-apparently-not-allowed-to-say to frame that as a “confirmation”. I understand he is now having to defend himself in front of a parliamentary hearing on anti-Semitism. I think of the medieval burghers who accused Jews of baking matzah with the blood of Christian children. Is there any sense in which his comments reveal that, in his heart of hearts, he really doesn’t like Jews?A chump might figure that, being a Texan whose base is in the South and Midwest, he was making the usual condemnation of coastal elites and arugula-eating liberals that every other Republican has made before him, maybe with a special nod to the fact that his two most relevant opponents, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, were both from New York. Meanwhile, back in Realityville (population: 6), Ted Cruz was attending synagogue services at his campaign tour, talking about his deep love and respect for Judaism, and getting described as “a hero” in many parts of the Orthodox Jewish community” for his stance that “if you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you.” But he once said “New York values”, so clearly all of this was just really really deep cover for his anti-Semitism. Unlike Ted Cruz, former London mayor Ken Livingstone said something definitely Jew-related and definitely worrying. I think of the Russians who would hold pogroms and kill Jews and burn their property. I think of people who killed various distant family members of mine without a second thought. That he thinks of them as less – even slightly less – than Gentiles?If Trump thinks women aren’t attractive without big breasts, then His Kink Is Not My Kink But His Kink Is Okay. His secular listeners think “what a wise saying”, and his Christian listeners think “ah, I recognize that as a Bible verse, he must be very Christian”. Nor could somebody who understood his “dog whistles” predict his policy more accurately than somebody who just went off his stated platform.If Trump is dumb enough to say out loud that he thinks women aren’t attractive without big breasts, that says certain things about his public relations ability and his dignity-or-lack-thereof, but it sounds like it requires a lot more steps to suggest he is a bad person, or would have an anti-woman administration, or anything that we should actually care about. I guess some of the examples above might have gotten kind of far from what people would usually call a “dog whistle”, but I feel like there’s an important dog-whistle-related common thread in all of these cases.