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WATCH: GOP strategist Rick Wilson tells Chris Hayes the real rationale behind Trump's anti-Semitism

These anti-Semitic incident aren't "a bug — they're a feature" of the Trump campaign


Scott Eric Kaufman
July 6, 2016 3:37PM (UTC)

On "All In with Chris Hayes" Tuesday evening, Republican strategist Rick Wilson told host Chris Hayes that Donald Trump knows exactly what he's doing when he evokes anti-Semitic imagery and rhetoric -- appealing to his base.

Hayes noted that Wilson had penned an open letter to RNC chairman Reince Preibus urging him to "have Trump block the neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, overt racists and other scum who litter his timeline." Wilson lamented that Priebus wouldn't do that, "for fear of offending [Trump]," and that Trump won't, "for fear of offending his base."

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"This is a guy who understands that the center of his play is this deeply resentful, edge-case group of people who really believe that the Jews control the world -- and that white nationalism is the future of American politics," Wilson told Hayes.

Members of this base "range in sophistication from the guys who are fairly clever race-baiters who try to stay out of the dirtier slums to the crazies in mom’s basement screaming for hot pockets and a new Holocaust."

"He engages with these folks," Wilson continued. "He re-tweets them -- every single time the guy tweets something, the top four or five responses come from these bots and these neo-Nazi kids who are his biggest fan base."

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Moreover, Trump "won't disavow them," because his own "racism is baked in the cake." He "understands who these people are," Wilson added, and these anti-Semitic incidents aren't "a bug, they're a feature" of the Trump campaign.

Watch the entire segment below via MSNBC.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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