June 5, 2016

DOING FOR THE NATIONAL PARTY WHAT PETE WILSON DID IN CALIFORNIA:

GOP Fears Trump Could Revive Racial Politics of Past (Rebecca Berg, June 05, 2016, RCP)

Last week, Trump appeared to set a new marker with his rhetoric, when he publicly and repeatedly questioned Judge Gonzalo Curiel's fitness to oversee a civil case against Trump University. His "Mexican heritage," Trump explained in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, presented "an absolute conflict."

"He's a Mexican," Trump said in another interview. "We're building a wall between here and Mexico." Curiel, a son of Mexican immigrants, was born in Indiana.

Trump's remarks immediately raised red flags among legal scholars and Republicans. In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saw stark similarities to Goldwater's candidacy and its long-term effect on support for the GOP.

The 1964 election "did define our party, for at least African-American voters, and it still does today," McConnell said. "That was a complete shift that occurred that year, and we've never been able to get them back. So I think it was a defining moment for Republicans."

"Do you worry at all that your nominee now, Donald Trump, will do to Latino voters what Barry Goldwater did to African-American voters?" Tapper asked.

"I do," McConnell said. "I do."

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