2016 Elections

Trump Proves Racism No Longer Needs to Be Subtle

He's preying on fears others exploit. They just thought they had to speak in code.

Will he sign laws, too?

Photographer: David Calvert/Getty Images

Republican consultant Lee Atwater contended in 1981 that if society has evolved to the point that racial appeals to the electorate can only be delivered in code, "we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other."

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