The GOP frontrunner and presumptive nominee for the GOP nomination, Donald Trump, once again was caught quote-tweeting a white supremacist. This isn't a one-off instance.
He keeps doing it.
Every few days he finds some white supremacist or fascist account to quote-tweet.
For any other candidate in any other year, this would have terminated their campaign. This isn't like any other election year, and Donald Trump isn't like any other candidate.
Those tweets are actually garnering little in the way of opposition from within the GOP. And now, he's garnered support of noted racist/white supremacist and former Grand Dragon of the KKK David Duke and yet he keeps playing games.
Donald Trump wouldn't disavow David Duke's support for his presidential bid, saying Sunday that he knows nothing about the white supremacist leader.
"Just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, OK?" Trump told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."
"I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists," he said. "So I don't know. I don't know -- did he endorse me, or what's going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists."
You simply cannot make this stuff up.
Trump claims to have a perfect memory, and can't recall that he went after Duke in 2000.
Now, Trump refuses to disavow Duke.
It's all part of a pattern that has long been undeniable for months. Trump is actively soliciting, and pandering to, white supremacists and racists that form a significant portion of the GOP base. It's part of the reason that the GOP isn't pushing back against the racist and white supremacist and fascist statements Trump has made over the past few months. They're increasingly worried that they'll lose critical votes.
All of Trump's statements and actions, and the counter-actions by the GOP are symptomatic of the rot in the GOP itself. They've spent years cultivating anger, fear, and hatred among the GOP base. Now, they've found the guy that epitomizes all that in Trump.