MIKE PENCE ON WHETHER DAVID DUKE IS “DEPLORABLE”: WE DENOUNCE HIM AND DON’T WANT HIS SUPPORT, BUT I WON’T NAME-CALL. As Allahpundit writes, linking to the clip from CNN:
Even worse, if Pence plays Blitzer’s game here, then the obvious follow-up question is “Who else among your supporters is legitimately deplorable? The alt-right? Birthers?” As the circle gets bigger, the politics get dicier for Trump and Pence. Which was exactly Clinton’s plan in floating the “deplorable” line in the first place — get the media talking about Trump’s base and get them pressing Trump and Pence about it. If the candidates validate her criticism by conceding it applies to some of their own fans, that’s a point in her favor. If they squirm and refuse to concede it applies to anyone, including David Duke, then mischief can be made of that too. Even though Pence is perfectly clear in his denunciation.
That doesn’t stop CNN from blasting out a press release tonight with the headline “Pence declines to call Trump supporter David Duke ‘deplorable.’”
I eagerly await CNN’s young “media critic” Brian Stelter calling out his network for such slimy tactics.