Ta-Nehisi Coates: Do We Need Bannon To Lynch Someone To Know He’s a White Supremacist?

Yesterday, BuzzFeed dropped a blockbuster of a piece on Breitbart that detailed how it sought out the help of white supremacists and allowed white nationalist ideas to seep into its content. The article also included a previously unreleased video of former Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos signing ‘America the Beautiful’ to a crowd full of admirers throwing up Nazi salutes.

This evening, following All In host Chris Hayes’ interview with the author of the bombshell, The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates appeared on the MSNBC program and said he was “literally speechless.” But it wasn’t for the reasons many viewers may have thought.

“I’m not speechless from the fact of learning the information,” he told Hayes. “I’m speechless that we needed this.”

Coates pointed out that the reporting was “excellent” and that it “needed to be done,” but wanted to know why this was surprising to anyone.

“They are who we thought they were,” he declared. “This accords with everything else we knew about Donald Trump. Everything else we knew about [Breitbart chief and ex-White House chief strategist] Steve Bannon.”

Coates added that a lot of people have tried to delude themselves into what is and isn’t white supremacy before stating that we shouldn’t need to see extreme examples to believe some people really are white supremacists.

“I don’t know what else we need,” he stated. “I don’t know if we need Steve Bannon to actually lynch somebody on the White House lawn to get the message. But it seems pretty clear to me.”

Coates and Hayes would go on to talk about the role of racism in politics and what is now considered taboo, such as Nazi salutes.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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