The truth is, many were complicit in the mainstreaming of Trump’s hate by not calling out his campaign from the beginning for what it really is:
5 Times Republicans and Media Could Have Stopped Donald Trump But Didn’t
Gabe Ortíz
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Great piece. This is the capstone to Robert Kagan’s description of how the enabling of Trump’s hate speech and fear-mongering began years before Trump announced his candidacy. The platform Trump now stands on was built by the party’s pundits and intellectuals who were “trying to harness populist passions” in order to defeat common sense immigration reform. As Kagan, a former Reagan advisor, puts it: Trump simply tapped “the well-primed gusher of popular anger, xenophobia and, yes, bigotry that the party had already unleashed.

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