Wednesday, March 9

American crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the devil down south

Nixon, Reagan and Goldwater in 1965
"How did it get to Trump? To put it in Trump terms: you could say it started with a deal. Or more precisely, a big deal with various side deals attached, all of it amounting to one grand, dark bargain whose payment may be coming due at last. If one was inclined to reach for metaphor, you could say it was a deal with the devil. Or you could say it started with this, a plank adopted by the Democratic national convention of 1948: The Democratic party commits itself to continuing efforts to eradicate all racial, religious, and economic discrimination. That was enough to bring the devil howling out of his hole, that foot-on-the-neck-of-the-black-man devil of the Jim Crow, hookworm, lynch-prone south – 'the solid south' that reliably delivered its votes to the Democratic party every four years. ...'
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