The Reaction To Donald Trump's RNC Speech That Should Scare Absolutely Everyone
There's only one thing that could make Donald Trump's RNC speech any scarier: a positive reaction from a notorious white supremacist. To cap off the Republican National Convention, Trump told the nation that it's in the middle of a terrible crisis. And according to him, he's the only one who can save it from going under. Inspired by the fear-mongering address that singled out Mexican immigrants and Muslims, among others, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke praised Trump's speech. And that should be ringing some alarms. He tweeted:
Speaking from Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow provided an insightful explanation as to why Duke's response, which is generating a bundle of reactions on Twitter, would be so concerning to both Republicans and Democrats:
Trump has become a pro at walking the line between insensitive, unrefined speaker and racist. And though he hasn't formally invited racists to join his party, he hasn't done a thorough job of deterring them. When CNN's Jake Tapper asked Trump about his initial hesitancy to denounce Duke in February, the candidate claimed to know nothing about the man. A few days later, after blaming the incident on a bad phone connection, Trump said he had disavowed Duke multiple times over the past several years. Then why did he claim to not know who he was at first? It all seems a bit fishy.
Last Week Tonight's John Oliver thinks he has the answer to that question. As he introduced his satirical "Make Donald Drumpf Again" campaign, the talk show host explained why silence — even for a small period of time — is so dangerous right now:
For reference, this disturbing tweet exemplifies the types of beliefs Duke looks for in a candidate:
And unless Trump tells Duke to hop off his bandwagon indefinitely, the Republican Party's going to find itself having to accept an utterly anti-American intruder.