Tuesday, August 25, 2015

David Duke on Trump: He's 'the best of the lot'

From CNN:

David Duke, the anti-Semitic former Ku Klux Klan leader, praised Republican front-runner Donald Trump for his immigration policy proposals and said Trump is "the best of the lot."

After ranting about "Jewish supremacy" and Jewish domination of the media, Duke took time out of two of his radio programs last week to talk up Trump's candidacy as a "great thing," praising the Republican candidate's plan to deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

More here.

I've enraged conservative friends in the past when I've asserted that, while by no means are all Republicans racist, it's pretty clear that all racists vote Republican. And this post may very well do it again.

Now, it's important to observe that the racial dynamic in this country is extraordinarily complicated. I mean, I think it's safe to say that racism, racist ideas, attitudes, and perceptions, are within ALL of us to varying degrees, whether you're white or not. Indeed, we know about black cops pulling over people for "driving while black." We know about little black girls in studies saying that pictures of white women are prettier than pictures of black women. We know, as a buddy of mine pointed out in a recent facebook discussion, that elected Democratic officials express their racism in terms of a sort of condescending attitude toward minorities and poverty, supporting social programs, but never doing anything about the social conditions guaranteeing that we need social programs. So we're all infected.

But I'm not talking about that kind of racism at the moment, the kind that's everywhere, but not so obvious. Instead, and pretty clearly, I think, but I just want to cover my ass here, I'm talking about the straight-up overt racists, a group including neo-Nazis as well as the "I like black people just fine, but..." crowd. And these people, when they vote, always vote Republican.

I've been coy about this in the past, you know, asking Republicans why that's the case. But screw being coy; I know why it's the case: of the two major parties, the Republicans, and only the Republicans, tell the overt racists what they want to hear. It's often coded, couched in terms like "welfare queens" or "voter fraud" or "illegal aliens," whatever, but it's always there, always telling the overt racists that their mainstream political home is in the GOP. Indeed, that's why the shambling, sleazy-sour mound of toupeed flesh known as Donald Trump is currently that party's front runner. His willingness to abandon the longstanding tradition of Republican coded racism has so excited the GOP's overt racist constituency that they're all flocking to him, and it's apparently enough to put him on top.

It is no coincidence at all that racist hate monger David Duke just told everybody who shares his views that Trump's their man. That's how internal Republican Party politics work. Trump just got a major endorsement from a not insignificant player in Republican politics.