I’m guessing that when Chris Hayes saw the coverage of Trump’s recent rally in Mississippi, some button got pushed. This is the rally where Trump lamented the disregard for the principle of “Innocent until proven guilty” (particularly as it related to his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh) and yet the crowd later repeatedly chanted “Lock her up” referring to Hilary Clinton’s unsubstantiated misdeeds! Irony is indeed dead.
The more galling aspect of this situation for Chris, though, is the disparity in the treatment of accused citizens—between the privileged few (such as Trump and Kavanaugh) and the rest of us, as evidenced by the treatment of Kalief Browder, the teen arrested in 2010 when sixteen years old, and when unable to post bail, imprisoned for three years in extremely violent conditions at the Robert N. Davoren Center on Riker’s Island while awaiting trial. [Read more…]