It goes without saying that there are very few issues on which liberals and conservatives agree. This nation has become so politically divided over the last 10-15 years that it’s as if liberals and conservatives oppose one another on most topics just out of principle.
“Oh, conservatives support it? Well then I’m against it!”
Well, for years liberals have insisted that racism and bigotry are influential forces within the GOP. Naturally, most Republicans vehemently deny such allegations. After all, racism is nearly impossible to “prove.” If you point to a few instances of blatant racist behavior tied to conservatives, they’ll typically just say you can’t judge a whole group by a few “bad apples.”
Then again, racism is something even many racists deny harboring. It’s like I’ve said on numerous occasions, I’ve seen plenty of racism – yet I’ve met very few people who think they’re a racist. I’ll never forget a young lady I met a few years ago who literally told me she wasn’t a racist, she just thinks our president should be white. And no matter what I said to her, nothing could convince her that believing and saying that was racist.
It just goes back to what I said about “proving racism”… it’s extremely difficult. Especially on a large scale.
Well, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rise in popularity has just made “proving racism” a little easier.
You see, Trump has managed to find a way to prove rampant racism within the GOP. While most mainstream Republicans, and many of his fellow presidential hopefuls, are publicly condemning his anti-Mexican rhetoric of the last few weeks – Trump’s popularity among conservative voters is soaring.
Hell, he’s leading in some polls.
So, on one hand we have many Republicans condemning some of what Trump’s been saying (or at least suggesting that he needs to be careful with his tone), yet it’s undeniable that all this bigoted and racist rhetoric is paying huge dividends for him politically. He’s gone from a joke of a candidate to first or second place in most national polls – all on the back of comments where he basically called most Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists.
And the best part is, Republicans can’t deny that racism is what’s driving this.
Sure, they’ll try to claim it’s about “border security,” but you can talk about securing our borders or immigration reform without playing to the racism and hatred many conservative voters feel toward immigrants in general.
But the truth of the matter is, his aggressive tone and unrelenting racism is exactly what many conservatives want to hear.
There’s a catch, however: Trump would get annihilated in the general election – and the RNC knows that.
That’s why these other candidates aren’t “selling out” and embracing the racism Trump is spewing – because if they do, they’ll stand absolutely no chance in the general election. It’s one thing to pander to the ignorance of racist conservative voters, but it’s quite another to try to take that racism into the general election where voters tend to be far more moderate and much more pro-immigration reform.
But even if you think he’s just a flash in the pan, someone who’s 15 minutes of fame are just about up, the one thing Donald Trump has proven is that liberals have been right all along: Racism is a strong, driving force within the Republican party.
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