There’s a phrase I use perhaps too often in the articles I write, and it gets me a squiggly red line every time I put it into my editor. “No-brainer” is one of those terms everyone knows, but still hasn’t made it into the literary lexicon. When I say everyone knows it, I mean of course that “it goes without saying,” like “Bacon is delicious” or “The slide guitar on ‘Travelling Riverside Blues’ kicks ass.” Or “Nazis are bad.”
You’d think that last one would go without saying, but apparently, it doesn’t. The president seems to think there are some Very Fine™ Nazis who held a rally in Charlottesville last weekend. That he thinks so is cause for more than a little concern, and has the potential to be socially destructive… Maybe even make normal people who hate Nazis question their own sanity. “Really,” you’re thinking, “the President of the United States just said some Nazis are okay?” Yes he did.
Thankfully, we don’t have to feel crazy. At this point, everyone is kind of picking sides, and — here comes that phrase again — this one’s a no-brainer. If Nazis are on one side, you always pick the other. That’s why it was so comforting to me this morning when I read that the CEO of 21st Century Fox, James Murdoch, had been likewise baffled by the president’s waffling on white supremacists, and had set the tone for the network that is usually unquestioningly pro-Trump. In an email obtained by Hollywood Reporter, Murdoch (yes, that Murdoch) went on a bit of a rant, actually:
What we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the President of the United States concern all of us as Americans and free people. These events remind us all why vigilance against hate and bigotry is an eternal obligation — a necessary discipline for the preservation of our way of life and our ideals. The presence of hate in our society was appallingly laid bare as we watched swastikas brandished on the streets of Charlottesville and acts of brutal terrorism and violence perpetrated by a racist mob.
I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.
So, no-brainer, right? There literally isn’t a single word of that you could disagree with, and that’s the son of Trump’s biggest cable news supporter. You never thought you’d agree with a Murdoch, am I right?
To drive his point home, the entertainment magnate announced that he would be donating a million dollars to the Anti-Defamation League, kind of the “Hey, remember how bad Nazis are?” go-to group.
So you’re not crazy, I promise. It really is still a no-brainer to hate Nazis, no matter what Donald Trump says.
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