See, it’s turning out just as we said: Trump has redefined the GOP as the racist party.
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign bludgeoned modern norms about the acceptability of racism.
Trump and his followers punched through the Left’s manipulation and control of racial politics that have been holding American principles -- such as free speech -- captive. This wasn’t a “whitelash,” as Van Jones called it, but a backlash against the false bigoted stereotyping employed by Jones and Chait.
Of course, “whites” weren’t the only ones on board with the breaking of the Left’s norms. African Americans have seen how the Left has used the label of racism as a means to incite white guilt in order to manipulate, and they have spoken out against it. For two excellent examples, read Shelby Steele’s White Guilt and Burgess Owens’ Liberalism, or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps.
For decades, any pushback against the authoritarian, anti-American agenda of the Left has been labeled “racist” in one way or another. The tactic was meant to silence opposition (something I explained in “The Sordid History of Liberals Calling Republicans Racists”), and it worked -- until good people got tired of it and fought back.