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Twitter conservatives can't wrap their heads around Marilyn Mosby -- so they attack her instead

It's a little surprising that people so concerned with family values have trouble actually quantifying them


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 1, 2015 10:47PM (UTC)

Conservatives on Twitter know the importance of family, but after Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that charges would be filed against the six officers involved in the fatal arrest of Freddie Gray, they're just not sure which family's more important anymore.

In an interview with Amy Mulvihill in Baltimore magazine last year, Mosby discussed the "barriers of distrust" between the community and the Baltimore Police Department, and indicated why she was the perfect person to liaise between them -- her own family.

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"My grandfather was one of the founding members of the black police organization in Massachusetts. And my grandfather, my uncles, my mother, my father -- I have five generations of police officers," she said. "I know that the majority of police officers are really hard-working officers who are risking their lives day in and day out."

That she's the product of five generations of police officers would seem to create a conflict of interest when it came to bringing charges against the officers involved in Freddie Gray's death. And her family did create a conflict of interest -- just not the one you think:

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Thanks to Ben Shapiro, Breitbart's Editor-at-Large, the conservative calculus is clear: five generations of police officers -- including, at a minimum, at least five members of her immediate family -- don't even remotely equal one husband. Her husband essentially functions like a zero, so no matter how many other family members you multiply against him, the answer never changes. To wit:

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The problem with this reactions, as Shane Paul Neil astutely noted, is that:

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What could account for this discrepancy? Well, it could be that:

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More likely, however, it's just that these critics lack of a little of that "intellectual integrity" Paul Krugman was going on about earlier.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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