The Left Disarmed the Racism Charge

While the Republican presidential frontrunner’s support appears as solid and stable as any celebrity’s, it would be a mistake for political observers to claim that Donald Trump is infallible merely because his floor in the polls won’t budge. If it weren’t clear at the time that the reality television star’s refusal to clearly and unequivocally decline the support of the KKK, David Duke, and other white nationalist organizations was an error, it should be today. Save for the famous immigration hawk Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, the flood of endorsements you might expect the GOP’s delegate leader to receive after a series of Super Tuesday victories has not materialized. What’s more, compelled by conscience and a sense of responsibility, the last Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, delivered a scathing, itemized indictment against Trump on Thursday and urged every Republican to back the remaining non-Trump candidates in the race.

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The Left Disarmed the Racism Charge

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