If Trump is a racist, they all are

George Conway, one of the Torquemadas in pursuit of Bill Clinton twenty years ago and husband of Kellyanne, has had an epiphany about the president. Too little too late. No one cares about GOP flaks like Conway outside the Beltway unless a Hollywood producer too cute and clever for his own good builds a cable show around a married couple with different political persuasions. Paul Campos:

I mean to the extent Trump is really anything besides a narcissistic sociopath he probably is a racist, but whether he personally is a racist is totally irrelevant to the real issue. The real issue is that Trump is more than willing to act like a real racist in order to get real racists — as well as people who are racist-adjacent, infused with racism, lightly buttered with racism, fond of an occasional amuse-bouche of racism etc. — to support him.

Those people make up enough of the electorate to get someone like Donald Trump elected. That’s the real problem — not whether Trump is “really” a racist, since Trump isn’t really anything, except a bundle of insatiable needs.

Moreover, to express shock and disappointment that Trump is “really a racist ignores fifty years of GOP perfidy. St. Ron of Reagan began his 1980 campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi, not far from where the Freedom Summer murders took place (“I believe in states’ rights. I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level, and I believe we’ve distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended in the Constitution to that federal establishment,” Reagan said, in case listeners missed the point, which they didn’t). To admit to racism as a pillar of conservatism since the Goldwater ascendancy instead of fiscal conservatism for everyone not conservatives would send the temple of lies crumbling.

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