Shaun King, former senior justice writer for The New York Daily News, is reportedly working on a piece in which he tries to “unpack” a lot of baggage that goes along with defending Louis Farrakhan.

King kicked things off by retweeting this tweet apparently showing the kinder, gentler side of Farrakhan hugging someone we’re pretty sure isn’t Jewish:

We wanted you to see King’s tweet because many progressives say, “How could anyone support a bigot like Trump?” Is this negotiable now with people like King? “Hey Shaun, Trump renewed my pride in America!” Oh, he did? Cool, send some photos of yourself at a Trump rally for context and King will post ’em ASAP. “For context.”

Yeah, sure it will.

So … because this one man’s love for Farrakhan isn’t rooted in his anti-Semitism and bigotry as far as we know, it’s OK? How far are we stretching this rule, exactly?

Yes, please, let’s have this discussion, because as Singal notes, suddenly the things Farrakhan says are “negotiable” to progressives like Tamika Mallory of the Women’s March, or Rep. Danny Davis who said, “The world is so much bigger than Farrakhan and the Jewish question and his position on that and so forth.”


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