Not only that, "I am the least racist person you have ever met," as he told CNN's Don Lemon
, which is a pretty high compliment to himself. Nevertheless, it seems that hardly a week goes by in this campaign without Trump doing or saying something to make observers say, "Oh yeah, that's pretty racist."
Some of them are planned, like his accusation that Mexican immigrants are rapists and drug dealers
, or his proposal to ban Muslims from entering
the United States. Others appear impulsive, like his retweeting missives from neo-Nazis
and white supremacists.
But they add up to a picture of someone who, whatever might lie within the depths of his soul, is more than happy to activate and exploit racist feelings among the voters he wants to appeal to. It's no accident that a white nationalist group is currently robocalling
Iowa voters to encourage them to vote for Trump.
And we have just learned of a fascinating story
in the history of race in America that brings a deeper perspective to Trump's current persona. Will Kaufman, a British academic who has written extensively about legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, was doing research in the Guthrie archives when he came across a notebook in which Guthrie condemned the racist practices of his landlord. Kaufman described what