CNN senior political analyst unleashed what has to be the dumbest take yet on the civility debate when he claimed yesterday that politics today is worse than during the Anti-War and Civil Rights movements of the 1960s:
"The Anti-War movement in Vietnam … The Civil Rights movement … both of those were much more civil in tone": @David_Gergen on the 'uncivil discourse' of politics in 2018 compared to other historical divides https://t.co/7tlX0riUCG https://t.co/AWsCwQwRwG
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) June 25, 2018
David Gergen: I cannot remember a time — the Anti-War movement in Vietnam … The Civil Rights movement in the 60s and early 70s. Both of those were much more civil in tone.
CNN anchor: Mmmm
Gergen: Even the Antiwar movement was more civil in tone but certainly the Civil-Rights movement among the people who were protesting.
Did he miss the day when Martin Luther King, Jr. was, you know, assassinated?
How do yall think MLK died https://t.co/chCOyAJ90r
— Astead (@AsteadWesley) June 26, 2018
Honestly … WTH is Gergen smoking?
'Civility' in the Civil Rights Era: pic.twitter.com/0dReGkD5pg
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) June 26, 2018
He must’ve not been paying attention to the Anti-War protests, too:
"Hey, hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today…" https://t.co/LAZy9vt80a
— digby (@digby56) June 26, 2018
Or the bombings:
Oh, David. Must you? The anti war movement included at its extremes domestic terrorists who set off hundreds of bombs, robbed banks, and literally aided the enemy. https://t.co/pO8KeZLyel
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 26, 2018
He should know all this!
Gergen was 21 when Medgar Evers was assassinated, 25 when MLK was assassinated, and 27 when the National Guard opened fire on students at Kent State.
He's not unaware. He's just lying. https://t.co/tMhndCxf0H
— Andray 🏳️🌈 (@andraydomise) June 26, 2018
Can confirm that David Gergen was alive in the 1960s when there were bombs and riots and the national guard killed college kids, so idk what he’s thinking here https://t.co/lal5ts5qYB
— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) June 26, 2018
A Vietnam War protester literally doused himself in kerosene and lit himself on fire in front of the Secretary of Defense. https://t.co/RhFbgRnd00
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) June 26, 2018
But we should trust CNN or something:
This is…extremely incorrect. https://t.co/woaAmJxqLh
— Nicole Hemmer (@pastpunditry) June 26, 2018
What if: the news anchor fact-checked this instead of just saying "hmm" https://t.co/nV2BMggXJf
— Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani (@AdrienneMahsa) June 26, 2018
Get out of the son, David. Time’s up:
I think Mr. Gergen has stayed too long at the fair. https://t.co/pYijEHMCaT
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) June 26, 2018
And we’ll end it on this: IT WILL ALWAYS GET STUPIDER:
Hard to believe Incivility Week will get stupider than this but it probably will somehow https://t.co/K7v5Z6wuN4
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) June 26, 2018