July 6, 2016


GOP Strategist Rick Wilson Explains Why White Nationalism Is A 'Feature' Of The Trump Campaign (Germania Rodriguez, July 6, 2016, National Memo)

GOP strategist Rick Wilson appeared on "All In with Chris Hayes" on Tuesday to shine a light on the real reason anti-Semitism and white nationalism keep popping up in the Trump campaign - they are a "feature," not "a bug," of the campaign.

Wilson, a Republican who has firmly opposed Trump from the start, wrote an open letter to RNC chairman Reince Preibus asking him get Trump "to block the neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, overt racists and other scum who litter his timeline." His effort was unsuccessful because Preibus was scared of offending Trump, he said, and Trump doesn't want to offend his base.

That base, Wilson explained, is filled with a "deeply resentful, edge-case group of people who really believe that the Jews control the world and that white nationalism is the future of American politics."

Wilson broke down the depth of the Trump campaign's outreach to extremist groups, pointing out that Trump engages with them, replying to them, retweeting them, and otherwise encouraging them. This is a planned strategy that Trump and his social media team follow as a central part of his campaign.

Clinton Targets College-Educated Whites in Bid for Swing States : Long a Republican mainstay, white college graduates are trending Democratic in 2016. (Margaret Talev, Jennifer Epstein, Gregory Giroux, July 5, 2016, Bloomberg)

Hillary Clinton's path to the White House relies on reassembling the winning Obama coalition of minority voters and women, but her campaign is vying for a demographic long out of reach for Democrats--college-educated whites--that could reshape the map of U.S. swing states this year.

For decades, white voters with at least a bachelor's degree have favored the Republican nominee over the Democrat in U.S. presidential elections, although not by as much as working-class whites.

The 2016 presidential election is turning that dynamic on its head. Polling shows that while presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is the clear choice among white voters without a college education, whites who've completed college prefer Clinton. It's a trend analysts say is especially apparent among women, and may become more pronounced between now and November.

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