This is what Trump hath wrought (boldface mine):
A middle-aged man who declined to give his name initiated an exchange with me.
“You look like a boy who’s up to no good,” he said.
“Don’t call me boy, boy,” I replied. He then offered me a handshake, which was promptly refused.
“I knew it, you’re a racist,” he barked. And then someone shouted, “Shake the man’s hand, black boy!”— a yell that was greeted with laughter and cheers from some in my vicinity.
This is nothing new. In 2004, while describing the overwhelming opposition of Alabama whites to a referendum that would remove legal segregation from the state constitution (it failed, for those of you keeping score at home), I noted that racists are a key component of the Republican coalition (boldface added):
The Washington Post recently reported about the failure of the anti-segregation amendment to pass in Alabama (it was essentially 50-50). According to the CNN exit poll, 73% of Alabama voters were white. Assuming that the vote to keep the segregationist amendment was negligible among non-whites, this means that 68.5% of whites voted against the anti-segregationist amendment (or for segregation).
One of the lame excuses given was that some people voted against the amendment because there was the potential that someone might use it in a court challenge to increase school funding (and taxes)–as if this would be a bad thing given the miserable educational performance of Alabama. In other words, the vaunted “values” voters decided to choose money over righting of the defining evils of the Southern experience. Besides, how many whites didn’t vote their pocketbooks, but instead actually are in favor of segregated schools? 20%, 30%, 40%….
We’ve heard ad nauseum, mostly from Republicans, that the Republican base is religious. That simply is a lie: the true, hardcore Republican base is bigoted and racist. If racist whites stayed home, the Republicans would not win elections. That’s why Republican presidental candidates make pilgrimage to Bob Jones University. This is the fundamental moral corruption at the heart of the Republican Party. Hatred is the Republican base.
This is not new, only the boldness and openess with which these views are stated.
Added: White supremacists love Trump. Again, it’s a minority (hopefully), but one they can’t win without.