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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Normalizing Hate

This is what worries me most about Trump.  As we are seeing, as he solidifies his grip on the nomination, he solidifies his grip on the GOP message.  That message is steeped in hatred and dehumanization.  It is precisely his ability to tap into that hatred of the "other" that has catapulted him to the nomination.  There are still voices like Gerson's in the GOP to call him out on that, but Trump was never the first voice that dehumanized non-white non-Christians.

As Gerson points out in the article, Hungarians responded to the rise of ethno-nationalist rhetoric by changing their own minds.  The racist party of that country gave license to other Hungarians to adapt exclusionary rhetoric and ideas.

I don't think Trump wins.  I can't see the math.

He could do severe damage to pluralism in this country before he loses though.

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