Monday, October 17, 2016

The Anatomy of a White Nationalist Party: How the GOP Has Transformed Itself, Perhaps Irretrievably

Trump didn't do this by himself (see Goldwater, Barry and Governors, Republican), but 2016 may have delivered a self-inflicted mortal wound to Republicans.

We saw this coming after 2012. Self-deportation happened, er, from the GOP.

Who doesn't remember the self-proclaimed Republican autopsy in 2012? And who doesn't remember its epic fail?

The 2012 Republican autopsy: Why did we lose? What should we change? Uh, never mind!

You don't get to the promised land by changing your mind and going to Hell instead. Essentially, that's what the Republican Party did. The party toyed with an "autopsy," tried to self-examine, and what did they do? From then right up until now, they decided the best course was to further alienate blacks, Latinos, Asians, Muslims, the entire LGBTQ community, and women. Good on ya!

A lot of damage has been done by Donald Trump and many Republicans in the run-up to 2016, but it didn't start there. Read Jamelle Bouie's piece in Slate to get the historical context. It's an eye-opener.

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