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The Curse of Identity Politics

Video of a protest at The Villages in Florida (via Twitter/@davenewworld_2) Yesterday morning, President Trump circulated a video showing a pitched battle at The Villages: a verbal battle between pro-Trumpers and anti-Trumpers. The Villages is a retirement community in Florida, billed as the state’s “Friendliest Hometown.”

You would not want to cite that video in support of that contention.

“Thank you to the great people of The Villages,” the president wrote. “The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!”

The video was approximately two minutes long, and approximately ten seconds in, a pro-Trumper yelled, “White power!” twice.

Three hours after he circulated the video, the president deleted his tweet, with a spokesman saying, “President Trump is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”

To read about this episode, consult Axios, here . The “white power” guy got me to thinking about identity politics, as happens.Obviously, not all expressions of identity politics are equal. When I was young, the slogan “black power” was in the air. Black Americans had been severely disadvantaged for a […]

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