If you want to make more sense of Trump’s victory in 2016, look back at the Nixon campaign, his southern strategy and his war on crime and drugs, look at what John Ehrlichman says about their strategy.
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people,” former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman told Harper’s writer Dan Baum .”
“You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
The Nixon southern strategy using those tactics and crime as a code word for race appealed to southern poor and middle class whites to switch from being traditional democratic voters to angry Republican ones to first elect Nixon, then Reagan. And then look at what Reagan advisor Atwater said in the 1980s reinforcing that southern strategy:
“You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
Then the “Willie Horton” ad for George H.W. Bush. on top of that..
Everyone should watch the documentary, “13th”.