exPLAINers of the Week August 13-19

By Perfectly Plain Staff

We scour the depths of the media to bring you, our dear readers, what the best explainer pieces are each week. This week we have stopped on two great pieces. The first is Jennifer Williams’ look at the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca each year. The second is the Ben Shapiro’s look at why Trump backed candidates do better than those that oppose him. Williams and Shapiro do a great job and their works are worth a read.

Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, explained for non-Muslims

By Jennifer Williams in Vox

As a non-Muslim, I have always had many questions about the religion. I was brought up Christian Orthodox and have always been interested in the way others express their faith. Bulgaria, where I’m from, has a significant Muslim population and this piece by Jennifer Williams explains in simple terms some of the values held by believers.

Williams is the deputy foreign and national security editor at Vox and the co-host of Worldly, Vox’s foreign affairs podcast. Her work on jihadist groups, terrorism, and the Middle East has appeared in numerous publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest.

This piece is my choice for exPLAINer of the Week as it shows what actually goes on at the haji, what its religious and political significance is, how it is done and how Saudi Arabia handles the millions of people that each year go to Mecca. It is a fascinating look inside a religion that is thoroughly explained.

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Teodor Teofilov

Another Prominent Anti-Trump Republican Just Went Down In Minnesota. Here’s Why This Keeps Happening

By Ben Shapiro in The Daily Wire

President Donald Trump seems to have a magic wand in the Republican primaries. The people he endorses seem to gain a significant advantage and if a candidate comes across as anti-Trump they seem to be doomed to move on to the general elections.

Ben Shapiro explains the reason for this is that Trump won the 2016 presidential elections and members of the republican feel he did so by being the most aggressive candidate. Republicans watched Mitt Romney not punch back like Trump and lose. Republicans want to know their candidate is willing to do anything to win and that means unquestionably backing Trump no matter the controversy. “It isn’t just the Lord who hates a coward — it’s the Republican base. And the Republican base perceives cowardice in anyone who won’t back Trump down the line.”

Shapiro is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, host of the Ben Shapiro Podcast and frequent guest on Fox News. He is also the author of The New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America”

This explainer was an interesting read because it explains the reason why the President is so popular among Republicans (about 90 percent approve of him) despite unique controversies that would be problems for other presidents. I guess winning is intoxicating and the Grand Old Party saw that Trump won by being aggressive while others lost by not going as far as he did.

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Pawan Naidu

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