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GOP Can't Shed Itself of Racist Appeals

By Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe - October 1, 2015

Not since George Wallace has a baldly racist candidate gripped a presidential race like Donald Trump. In 1968, Wallace won five Southern states while spewing demagoguery and bragging “we’re going to show there sure are a lot of rednecks in this country.’’ Nearly a half century later, Trump remains atop the Republican presidential pack three months after pillorying Mexican immigrants as rapists who bring drugs and crime to America.

Despite media fact-checks reconfirming that immigrant men commit less crime than American men, Trump intensified his attacks in subsequent speeches, telling a Latino journalist to “go back to Univision” and saying the United States is a “dumping ground for the rest of the world.” By not correcting a supporter at a town hall event, he enabled anew the falsehood that President Obama, a Christian, is a non-American Muslim.

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