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Yes, Donald Trump is a racist. But not just Trump. The entire GOP leadership is racist, and MOST of the republican party is racist. And our friend Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's Morning Joe Show needs to stop saying republicans stopped employing the southern strategy in the 1970s. Republicans continue to this day to employ the southern strategy, and they have expanded it to every part of the country.
But republicans maintain that President Obama is a racist.
There's no doubt that when historians assess the Obama presidency, they will pay a great deal of attention to the deep political divisions within the country, and how those divisions shaped political events. There are racial divisions, class divisions, and, most of all, political divisions. Within Congress, for instance, the parties have been moving apart for the last 40 years, as fewer and fewer moderates get elected and the median of both parties moves toward the edge. But the reality is that while Democrats have moved left, Republicans have been moving right much more sharply — a fact not only established by political science but evident to anyone remotely familiar with Capitol Hill.
Yet Republicans are sure that the fault for all this — long-term trends and recent developments alike — can be laid at the feet of Barack Obama, who is terribly, appallingly, despicably divisive.
If we are divided, it's only because Obama has divided us. "We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history" as Barack Obama, Marco Rubio said in 2012. Four years later, his opinion hasn't changed; last week he tweeted, "This president has been the single most divisive political figure this country has had over the last decade." After Obama's recent State of the Union address, Ted Cruz fumed, "He lectures us on civility yet has been one of the most divisive presidents in American history." Or as one Republican congressman said last week, "There probably has not been a more racially-divisive, economic-divisive president in the White House since we had presidents who supported slavery." You won't find too many Republicans who would disagree.
WASHINGTON – Instead of issuing a traditional response to questions about President Trump's "shithole" remark, Sen. Marco Rubio issued a seven-part missive on Twitter that did not directly address the rhetoric.