Whenever reading a report in a mainstream news publication that purports to uncover racial undertones in the words of a political figure (always Republican), you may rest assured that you’ll be disappointed in the findings.
Case in point, this Monday story on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, by the New York Times’ Jonathan Martin:
While Mr. Trump was blunt in his attacks on immigrants, he has also begun to highlight issues involving African-Americans, the police and crime, using language that to some party officials evokes earlier appeals to white prejudice and anxiety. Mr. Trump and other prominent Republicans have also begun to directly criticize the Black Lives Matter movement, which seeks to call attention to mistreatment of African-Americans by police officers.
“Using language that to some party officials evokes earlier appeals to white prejudice and anxiety.”
What language is that? The n-word? Not really (emphasis added):
Amid an increase in murders in a number of cities and the high-profile killing of police officers, Mr. Trump has been infusing his speeches with calls for “law and order.” Echoing former President Richard M. Nixon, he has said that a “silent majority“ will join him in taking back the country, and he has said he will rid heavily black Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and Chicago of gangs and “tough dudes.”
Law and order!
Language straight out of The Turner Diaries.