While Vox tends to pride itself on being above the hot take industry that dominates the media, Ezra Klein, the explainer site’s editor-in-chief, on Twitter apparently isn’t. Today, in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), he tweeted that Americans were lucky that they live in a world where “politics rarely lead to violence.”
America, as any casual observer of American society knows, is an extremely violent place, and its violence is based in politics, a fact Twitter was swift to point out. For example, not a few minutes after Klein’s tweet, the head of Flint, Michigan’s health department was charged with manslaughter for the city’s water crisis.
That’s just one instance. There were plenty, plenty more.
mass incarceration is violence— the supreme court will destroy everything we want (@SeanMcElwee) June 14, 2017
mass deportation is violence
poverty is violence
violence is deeply embedded in our politics https://t.co/hU6DxfBUw7
just as easy (for some people) to froget how much daily political violence is baked into our system and ignored https://t.co/DhH8vcBQ4Z— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) June 14, 2017
I can think of half a dozen people that were killed by white supremacists in the past month or so https://t.co/jw6nvAHrFa— Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) June 14, 2017
Wow. Imagine thinking that this is true. https://t.co/n3qLgme6fb— Studio Glibly (@NoTotally) June 14, 2017
translation: "thank God for making me white" https://t.co/BxkY3jkTDY— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) June 14, 2017
It’s such a patently bad a take that it even got the Mocking Spongebob treatment
Ezra, thankfully, though, whose wheelhouse is explaining the news, explained this news.
Then there’s this.
That take immediately aged poorly.
LOL this is sociopathic centrism at its best. "Let's nonviolently decide to kill people." https://t.co/BFnYXY2d28— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) June 14, 2017
it's important that society's most elite people do not literally murder one another over the power to enact violence on the rest of us, true https://t.co/vtPeROgv6v— shereen (@shereeny) June 14, 2017
Anyway, Klein continued.
As everyone pointed out, we all already knew this. Merely the fact that no one was surprised or shocked that sitting U.S. congresspeople were the target of gun violence disproves his first tweet.
Thankfully, Twitter knows how to explain that news to people who may not get it.