June 18, 2016

A PARTY OF ONE:

Donald Trump digs himself deeper and deeper into a racist hole (S.E. Cupp, 6/07/16, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

In a Washington Post/Univision poll, 8 out of 10 Latinos viewed Trump unfavorably. I guess, despite his taco bowl tweet, they didn't like being called rapists and criminals after all. Weird.

Trump has blown his cover. He knows his language is bigoted, and that Hispanics like Curiel are likely offended by it. But he's made the calculation that winning white men is more important.

That might not turn out too well. He will need a full 70% of white male voters to have a shot at winning, a larger percentage than any Republican has ever won before. Even David Duke probably can't help Donald turn out that many.

So in case there were any disaffected white guys who hadn't heard Trump's pitch that President Obama is Kenyan, that Jews are good negotiators, that women who confront him are "bimbos," that Hillary Clinton is "disgusting" for using the bathroom, and that all Muslims should be banned, he's tripling down on his white-man outreach, telling his surrogates to run with the judge attacks.

A few weeks ago, his campaign chairman Paul Manafort told the Huffington Post that Trump wasn't considering any women or minorities for vice president. Trump has openly bashed a number of the GOP's most influential Hispanics and women, including Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, making it likely only a white man would take the job anyway.

Trump wouldn't be the first to run a campaign explicitly for white guys. The No Nothings ran anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic candidates to appeal to Protestant men, with platforms to bar immigrants from city jobs and keep Chinese people from testifying against white men in courts.

Following his 1958 defeat in the Democratic primary for governor of Alabama, George Wallace, previously endorsed by the NAACP, became a segregationist. When asked why, he said, "You know, I tried to talk about good roads and good schools and all these things that have been part of my career, and nobody listened. And then I began talking about n-----s, and they stomped the floor."

Posted by at June 18, 2016 8:01 AM

  

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