The grotesqueness of the GOP, part 43213

Then the GOP wonders why it has failed to score, well, any kind of black vote since 1960:

On Oct. 24, Trump’s team began placing spots on select African American radio stations. In San Antonio, a young staffer showed off a South Park-style animation he’d created of Clinton delivering the “super predator” line (using audio from her original 1996 sound bite), as cartoon text popped up around her: “Hillary Thinks African Americans are Super Predators.” The animation will be delivered to certain African American voters through Facebook “dark posts”—nonpublic posts whose viewership the campaign controls so that, as Parscale puts it, “only the people we want to see it, see it.” The aim is to depress Clinton’s vote total. “We know because we’ve modeled this,” says the official. “It will dramatically affect her ability to turn these people out.”

These people. We know because you’ve modeled “this” on Willie Horton and Richard Nixon’s “law and order” campaign plank. Black men and women aren’t Americans. They’re not even people. They’re pawns at best and symbols of bestial behavior at worst, to be discarded until the next campaign. Roger Stone continues the work of the late Lee Atwater:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

And we will see no reckoning on November 9, no RNC-commissioned memo that legislators will ignore in spring ’17.

These people.

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