Bigotry as giving an electoral advantage

“Early in Vladimir Putin’s first presidency I spoke to a Moscow banker… who said he detected no trace of anti-Semitism in Putin personally, but that Putin would encourage popular anti-Semitism in a second if he thought that doing so would serve his interests.”

Robert Cottrell, while reviewing for TNR, Masha Gessen’s The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Couldn’t you say much the same thing about Donald Trump? That we see no trace of anti-Semitism, no trace of anti-LGBTQ, no feelings of white supremacism, no labelling of Mexicans as racists, no anti-immigrant and anti-black policies and positions, etc., except in all those instances, and there have been innumerable numbers of such instances, when Trump thought that by giving only the appearance of being any one or more of the bigots mentioned, that this would serve his own electoral and personal interests.
And in fact his taking such positions did seem to pump start his candidacy (Obama wasn’t born here.) and eventually bring about his election as president of the United States.

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