BuzzFeed posted an article about Breitbart that laid out just how they linked up with white supremacists and how they let their values and beliefs creep into the content on the site. There was a video released as well and it showed former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos belting out ‘America the Beautiful’ to a crowd of racists who threw up Nazi salutes.
The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates gave an interview to All In host Chris Hayes in which he said he was “literally speechless.”
“I’m not speechless from the fact of learning the information,” he told Hayes. “I’m speechless that we needed this.”
Coates said the reporting was “excellent” and that it definitely “needed to be done” but he was also curious as to why this video surprised anyone.
“They are who we thought they were,” he stated. “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 goes on to say that we shouldn’t need extreme examples to believe that a person is a white supremacist.
“I don’t know what else we need,” he said. “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.”