Trump’s Base Includes A ‘Hate Community’
According to historian, professor of history, and CNN contributor, Douglas Brinkley, 10-15% of President Donald Trump’s voter base is composed of KKK, white nationalists, and “alt-right” figures.
Brinkley described a portion of Trump’s support base a “hate community” when teed up by CNN’s Ana Cabrera. Partial transcript below:
CABRERA: And yet this president has gone after political foes, members of his own party, even members of his own cabinet; calling them losers, cry-babies, pathetic, cowards, quitters. So, in that sense, is it surprising that he doesn’t go after the KKK and white nationalists in the same way?
BRINKLEY: It’s abhorrent, but I don’t think it’s surprising. He has seemed to never want to cross swords with the alt-right, they promote this kind of hate speech. And he just, it feels that this is part of that, you know, maybe it’s 15 percent, 10 percent of his base that adheres to a kind of neo-confederate line, that likes the Confederate Flag, that celebrates Robert E. Lee, and he sees those as white votes that he won last time with and is gonna need again, so he tends to become very weak tea – water things down – so as not to make enemies with that kind of hate community.