Sidney Blumenthal: ‘Nativism’ and ‘Racism’ Is What Donald Trump Is About

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Hillary Clinton’s unofficial political adviser Sidney Blumenthal told the Huffington Post in a Facebook Live chat Thursday that “nativism” and “racism” define Donald Trump more than anything else. In 2008, “they [were] going to eliminate Hillary Clinton and instead they make monkeys of themselves,” Blumenthal said of Republicans’ plans when Clinton first ran for president.  So “the base gets more and more angry,” he continued; Trump grabs control of that anger and in particular one issue, and that issue is immigration. Nativism and racism are at the core of Trump’s appeal. Without it there is no Trump [in 2016]. He defeats the Republican Party as it was, represented by Jeb Bush, and the conservative movement as it was, represented by Ted Cruz. So both the Republican Party and the conservative movement have been defeated by this character, who now is the dog who’s caught the firetruck. “Nativism and racism are at the core of Trump’s appeal. Without it there is no Trump,” Blumenthal said, adding: The base has been enflamed and galvanized by their leadership in order to win various election cycles, and in each cycle they promised they would overthrow Democrats and they would reverse all progressive legislation… They’re infuriated that