Thank you! This drives me nuts. We had a local store fire an employee after he appeared in photos at the Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville. While many praised the store’s decision, I remember one commenter on social media calling the store managers “hypocrites.” I told her it wasn’t hypocrisy unless they too went to the rally yet didn’t resign.

You make great points about “whatabouting supposed “leaders” of a cause in order to distract from the fact that you have no counterargument. I also see this reflected in the tendency on both the right and the left to demonize/”cancel” celebrities who say something wrong. I write about it here, if you’re interested.

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