A Washington Post reporter suggested he’s more skeptical of everyone he saw after Donald Trump won the election, according to a series of quotes featured by Esquire on Sunday.
“[A]s a white dude with a mustache, fairly bloated by the campaign, most of the people who look like me voted for this guy who, as far as they know, is a bigot. I remember feeling that this divider had come down, this new intensity of feeling about everybody I saw,” Dave Weigel, a national politics reporter for WaPo, recalled, according to Esquire.
“I looked around and thought, well, for eight years, I didn’t really think about who voted for who,” he said.
Weigel was WaPo’s “conservative blogger” until he resigned in 2010 over leaked private e-mail messages. He allegedly wrote political commentator Matt Drudge should “handle his emotional problems more responsibly and set himself on fire” and also mocked politician Ron Paul.
Weigel also wrote in the leaked messages that conservatives used the media to “angrily divide America.” (Related: E-mails reveal Post reporter savaging conservatives, rooting for Democrats).
WaPo rehired Weigel in 2015 where he remains as a national politics correspondent
His comments were featured in Esquire’s piece, “The Untold Stories of Election Day 2016,” featuring a slew of reactions from journalists and members of campaigns before, during, and after the election outcome.
The Esquire article included subheadings that read: “You’re F*cked,” “I felt so alone, I knew it was done,” “I think I’m gonna throw up,” and “Can we stay in the U.S.?”
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