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The data are on Clinton’s side. About half of Trump’s supporters really are deplorable. 

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic:

We know, for instance, some nearly 60 percent of Trump’s supporters hold “unfavorable views” of Islam, and 76 percent support a ban on Muslims entering the United States. We know that some 40 percent of Trump’s supporters believe blacks are more violent, more criminal, lazier, and ruder than whites. Two-thirds of Trump’s supporters believe the first black president in this country’s history is not American. These claim are not ancillary to Donald Trump’s candidacy, they are a driving force behind it.

Donald Trump, coward and chickenhawk, criticizes the parents of a dead war hero

Donald Trump responds to the Khan family: ‘Maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say’ – Philip Bump, The Washington Post.

Donald Trump has spoken out about Khizr Khan, the father of a soldier killed in Iraq who issued a devastating critique of Trump at the Democratic convention.

Khan, his wife, Ghazala, at his side, demanded that Trump read the Constitution when considering his proposal to bar Muslims from the country, pulling a copy of the document of his pocket and offering to lend it to the Republican nominee. Had Trump’s policies been in place, he said, his family wouldn’t have been in the country, and his son Humayun Khan would not have served in Iraq, giving his life to save his men. “You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” Khan said to Trump.

Trump’s response to the New York Times’s Maureen Dowd was brief: “I’d like to hear his wife say something.”

If your assumption was that Trump was suggesting that, as a Muslim woman, Ghazala Khan may have been forced into a position of subservience, Trump made that point explicitly in an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos.

“I saw him,” Trump said of the speech. “He was very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me. His wife … if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say.”

“She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump continued.

Trump the coward also says he sacrificed plenty, creating thousands of jobs and donating to veterans’ causes. Because that’s totally the same as dying for your country.

Always, Donald says “maybe… you tell me.” The big orange baby can’t just state his bigotry outright.

The father of Muslim soldier killed in action tells Trump: “You have sacrificed nothing. And no one.”

The father of Muslim soldier killed in action just delivered a brutal repudiation of Donald Trump – Philip Bump, The Washington Post

Trump lives a life of pampered luxury, fueled by fortune he inherited and mismanaged. He has sacrificed nothing and never risked anything. He’s got two talents: One is self-promotion, and the other is disrupting elections.

Certainly the US electoral process is in dire need of disruption, but after Trump has smashed the rotten edifice, what next?

Muslims fighting terrorism for the CIA

As the nation debates the place of Islam, the CIA’s Muslim officers fight terrorism [MIssy Ryan/The Washington Post]

Muslim Americans working for the CIA face pressure from their communities, which associate the CIA with torture and drone killings.

Also, this, unrelated to the main point of the article: The CIA held a gingerbread competition for its staff, and one “someone did a version of Osama bin Laden’s compound.”

[Missy Ryan/The Washington Post]