What is “whataboutism?”

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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a news conference in Trenton, N.J., Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a news conference in Trenton, N.J., Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

We talk about the political strategy known as “whataboutism.” The President uses this strategy as do many politicians and pundits. We’ll find out about the roots of this tactic, and how it’s gaining momentum in the social media age. TOM NICHOLS, Sovietologist and professor at the U.S. Naval War College joins us to explain the practice and give us his take on its rise.

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