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11 July 2020

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Conor Friedersdorf (The AtlanticMeeting Triumph and Disaster) and Jamelle Bouie (Slate)

On Friedersdorf, Conor and Jamelle discuss the controversy surrounding Rand Paul’s aid Jack Hunter, a libertarian writer with Confederate sympathies. Is it possible to sympathize with secession and not slavery? Jamelle grants that Paul wants a more diverse GOP, but says his neo-Confederate associations undermine this goal. He also wonders what Paul’s real convictions are, prompting Conor to compare Hunter to Jeremiah Wright. Jamelle points to Paul’s stance on the Voting Rights Act and the welfare state as evidence of unsavory racial attitudes. Conor suggests that Paul is being singled out for racism while other politicians get a pass on civil liberties violations.

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