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Rob Reiner On Trump's Racism: 'This Is The Last Throes Of The Civil War'

Rob Reiner and Joy Reid take a look at Donald Trump through the lens of Archie Bunker.
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Rob Reiner cut to the heart of the white nationalism Donald Trump has stoked during his appearance on yesterday's AM Joy show.

After Reid aired a truly wonderful mashup of Archie Bunker and Donald Trump's statements side-by-side, she asked Reiner what he makes of the white nationalist bent to Trump's campaign.

What's interesting is those issues which were very hot and on the front burner in, you know, in the '60s and '70s, that all of a sudden, you know, they got submerged after a while," Reiner observed.

He continued, "And you have this guy Donald Trump who comes along and essentially resurrects all of this and gives a bullhorn to this racist idea and I believe what we've done and what we've seen, is you know, the Civil War -- the last throes of the Civil War. We're fighting the last battles, and Donald Trump is leading the way for white nationalism."

While he isn't saying anything we haven't said here over and over again, the mashup of the Archie Bunker clips alongside the Trump clips is remarkable, not only for their similarity, but for the desperation with which Trump endeavors to rekindle the fires of white resentment.

He's right. This is the death throes of the Civil War. Whether we can extinguish it entirely will depend upon whether people get out and vote.

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