Gordon Wood is professor emeritus at Brown University and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Radicalism of the American Revolution, as well as Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815.
When violence is directed at those Trump’s supporters hate and fear, they see such excesses not as crimes, but as virtues.
Conor FriedersdorfSerwer: “Violations of the laws of war are among the most serious crimes... and issuing pardons or otherwise interfering w/ the legal processes for investigating and punishing such crimes makes it more difficult for commanders to maintain control.” Yep.
In The Root, Michael Harriot misreads the presidential candidate’s old comments on role models.
Conor FriedersdorfMcWhorter: “It’s one thing to observe that someone’s analysis is incomplete. It’s another to read that incompleteness as a kind of willful denial, sit in fury, and tar someone as a lying MF guilty of negligent homicide.” Yep.
Thirteen years ago, a young woman was found dead in small-town Texas. She was nicknamed “Lavender Doe” for the purple shirt she was wearing. Her real identity would remain a mystery until amateur genealogists took up her case.