What Ta-Nehisi Coates gets wrong about leftists

Ta-Nehisi Coates argues that leftists fail to appreciate the racist roots of Trump's support. He's wrong.

Bernie Sanders and his supporters during a rally.
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Since President Trump's upset election victory, perhaps no political writer has been more missed than Ta-Nehisi Coates, who has quit daily blogging. And so it ought to be no surprise that liberal readers eagerly devoured Coates' new article, "Donald Trump Is the First White President."

Coates' main argument — right there in the provocative title — is undeniably correct. In his combination of utter incapacity to be president and utter confidence that he deserves to be there, not to mention his utter political dependence on racist policies and rhetoric, Donald Trump is surely the most purely white president there has ever been. Without race, he is nothing.

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