Again, I say we're reliving the 80s. Remember, Ronald Reagan sought racist votes, got endorsed by the Klan, and weaselly defended Apartheid in South Africa.
Indeed, speaking of weaselly defenses, cuddly Ronnie defended his infamous Bitburg Cemetery visit by saying that the Nazi SS officers buried there “were victims, just as surely as the victims in the concentration camps." Trump’s recent false equivalency is in the same category.
I'm not saying Trump isn't worse, just that there is a Reagan administration precedent. It's the same Southern Strategy with less finesse. Apparently, Lee Atwater was more adroit than Stephen Bannon. In hindsight, I'm kind of surprised that The Donald did not launch is presidential bid in Philadelphia, Mississippi, as The Gipper did.
I am not trying to muffle outrage or disgust, but this shit goes back to the 1964 Goldwater campaign. It's GOP SOP. Let's not pretend those Willie Horton TV ads never aired. Trump's just a symptom, not the cause. Dumping him won't end it. It will help some, of course; but it will not be a silver bullet. A lot of history has to be acknowledged and confronted.