1. With Larry Krasner winning by a nearly 2 to 1 margin, I wonder how many of these reporters and editors will do some soul-searching tomorrow about the entirely fantastical backlash they sough to create without any evidence at all?
2. This same piece was pretty much everywhere. Was no real evidence for any of it, other than “shit the police union was saying.”
3. I mean the sheer sameness of the takes was pretty astounding.
4. 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

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