Any time someone says “Yes, [racism/sexism/misogyny] is terrible and I condemn any one who espouses it” and then says, “but…” they have completely negated any sentiment they may hold about the evils of racism, sexism, or misogyny.
The same can be applied to the chorus of Republicans who are repudiating Donald Trump for attacking the Khan family but still planning to vote for him.
It’s a simple question that every Republican, from Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on down to the local congressional candidate: “Do you repudiate your party’s presidential candidate’s attacks on a Gold Star family?” and they say, “Yeah, but….” you will know the truth. They don’t.
PS: I see Josh Marshall and I are on the same page.