There is apparently no low that is too low.
Slate's chief political correspondent, Jamelle Bouie, declared in a Thursday article that President-elect Donald Trump and racist murderer Dylann Roof, who was convicted this week for killing nine black Charleston church members, are "brothers in white resentment."
Brothers in white resentment. https://t.co/ywWjfJLDA3 https://t.co/klWUDiHV5i— Slate (@Slate) 1481838836.0
Bouie argued, as many progressives have, that Trump's signature slogan, "Make America great again," is really nothing more than a dog whistle "for a traditional, industrial, and white America, set against a rising tide of racial threats, from Hispanic immigrants and black protesters, to Muslim refugees and the specter of 'radical Islamic terrorism.'"
Tying the next president to the infamous racist killer, the Slate reporter continued, "Roof, in his own telling, wanted to awaken white America to the alleged threat of blacks and other nonwhites."
In an even bolder overture later in the piece, Bouie admited Roof and Trump have never met but charged the men with sharing worldviews that are "just a few steps away" from one another:
Roof’s depiction of black Americans as violent and dangerous is just a few steps away from Trump’s depiction of black communities as violent and dangerous hellscapes that threaten the safety of the entire nation.
Trump did not cause Roof. But their temporal proximity reveals thematic connections between the two. Trump, the self-proclaimed billionaire, who blames immigrants and Muslims for America’s problems. Roof, the struggling young man, who blames black Americans (and others) for his stagnation
Bouie concluded that the "ideas that radicalized" Roof "will thrive" in the White House.