What‘s fascinating about the NBC kerfuffle and the taking Trump out of context issue: this couldn’t have happened if Trump could make a coherent argument beyond three words, like, ever, and if he wasn’t such an obvious supporter of white nationalism.
There’s an argument to be made here that the disattention economy of decontextualized catchphrases that made Trump even possible is now coming back to to bite him.
But this is likely to shore up the support of the faithful in the echo chamber, so it’s a win for him in the end.
The problem with D'Souza is not just that he is bad at history. He is actively attacking the fundaments of what it means to research, interpret, write, and understand history while laying claim to the term. His method would be sophistry, if it were in any way subtle. 1/28
This tweet is a great example: he makes the claim that the 25 points are similar to the modern Democratic platform. But he completely ignores the context, including that most points in that platform are highly specific. Clearly, some primary source analysis is in order. 2/28
@DavidAstinWalsh has already done a great job on this, but let me add my German perspective here, based on reading both the original German and the English translation (check out germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org for both). Let's break down the 25 points: 3/28