January 19, 2016

If anyone was wondering what the GOP establishment really thinks of Donald Trump and his supporters, well, here you go. Here's GOP strategist Rick Wilson on this Tuesday's All In with Chris Hayes, responding to Hayes asking him about Trump's white supremacist following, and an article just published in The Week titled How an obscure adviser to Pat Buchanan predicted the wild Trump campaign in 1996.

WILSON: Well, first off, I think that's absurd. I think that there is definitely still a very significant portion of the party that is a limited government conservatism based faction of the overall coalition. Now the screamers and the crazy people on the all-right as they call it, you know, who love Donald Trump, who have plenty of Hitler iconography in their Twitter icons and names...

HAYES: They sure do. I can back that up.

WILSON: … who think Donald Trump is the greatest thing. Oh, it's something. But the fact of the matter is most of them are childless, single men who masturbate to Anime. They're not real political players. These are not people who matter in the overall course of humanity.

What's really driving the Republican party though is still a limited government conservatism that is still a structure built around a government that's less invasive, less intrusive, less taxes, less government, more freedom.

We don't always get there by a straight line path. We don't always get there in a direct way, but that is still what drives this party and there's also a major part of the party that is still trying to sort itself out on what the balancing test is between the limited government side, the national defense side, the social conservatism side, and I don't think this other stuff that Trump is toying with is really a part of the mainstream conservative movement by any stretch of the imagination.

Sorry Rick, but you and your establishment buddies built that. You cater to racists and white supremacists for decades with dog whistle politics and code words, and sooner someone's going to throw away the whistle for a blow horn. Like it or not, this is your party's base.

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