Grateful to something as it allowed the cleansing of his supporters

  • Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    That's not really a language question; but, for what it's worth, no, I see no particular indication of sarcasm. Hyperbole, possibly. You'd have to know more about the exact context, the tone of voice in which the sentence was spoken, etc.
     
    Full quote:

    "As painful as it is to hear Donald Trump talk -- and as embarrassing as it is as an American to hear him talk -- I think it's good," Smith said. "We get to hear it. We get to know who people are and now we get to cleanse it out of our country."

    'it' refers to racism, hatred, islamophobia, as the context makes clear.

    No sarcasm.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Much of the content of Wikipedia is not created by professional writers. If you use the citation link, you'll see that Smith said:
    "As painful as it is to hear Donald Trump talk -- and as embarrassing as it is as an American to hear him talk -- I think it's good," Smith said. "We get to hear it. We get to know who people are and now we get to cleanse it out of our country."
    "It" is not "supporters".
     
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