According to an ancient ad, ten thousand New Yorkers can’t be wrong about kosher pickles. They can, however, demonstrate pretty clouded judgment about other matters when the spirit moves them.
“Ten thousand” is the overly optimistic estimate of the turnout at yesterday’s “Today I Am a Muslim, Too” rally in Times Square. The figure was tweeted by hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, one of the organizers of the event. The purpose of the rally was to show solidarity with Muslims who might be affected by Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, the revised version of which will continue to name the same seven Muslim-majority countries that was a flash point in the original. Accordingly, yesterday’s crowd was comprised as much by anti-Trump forces, who held up signs depicting the president as Hitler, as it was pro-Muslim.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) February 19, 2017
There was a certain irony in the choice of venue for the demonstration. This was more evident in who failed to turn out than who did…