Although well meaning, the violent protests against Trump this weekend for his racism will help him to get elected. We know. They served to help elect Ronald Reagan and to re-elect Governor Pete Wilson.
We need to recognize that bold racism can win elections in California, as it did
in 1994 ( Proposition 187), 1996 ( Proposition 209) and 1998 ( Prop 227). They even re-elected a weak, inarticulate Governor Wilson in 1994, how much more dangerous are they in 2016 with a flamboyant, energetic, pseudo populist like Trump.
We need to recognize the potential advantage for Republican candidates of racist scapegoating as revealed in the Wilson-promoted Proposition 187 initiative passed by 2/3 of California voters in 1994. The campaign produced a large turnout of right wing voters. It banned over 600,000 immigrants from receiving needed food stamps, medical care.
Components of Prop. 187 became national law in 1996 as a part of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation act of 1996, and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. They are Public Law 104-208.