Ben Stein: “It's A Ridiculous Thing” To Call Donald Trump Racist

Stein: “Every Time [Black Lives Matter] Shout And Interrupt Him, It Makes White People Want To Vote For Him”

From the February 29 edition of CNN's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin:

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BROOKE BALDWIN (HOST): Ben Stein, I go to you for the 35,000 foot view here. A high-profile conservative this morning was essentially questioning if the party of Abraham Lincoln is dying. Have you ever seen this kind of divide within a party, where someone could indeed be the nominee?

BEN STEIN: I'm never seen anything like it. It's the most messed up, to be polite, political situation I've ever seen. But I will say, as regards to what we're seeing on TV with the Black Lives Matter demonstration at Radford College or Radford University, every single time these guys shout “black lives matter,” that's 1,000 more votes for Donald Trump. Donald Trump is no racist. It's a ridiculous thing to call him an anti-black racist. Every time they shout and interrupt him, it makes white people want to vote for him. I suspect. I don't know. I haven't polled anyone. But I think -- and George Wallace used to say, “every time you interrupt me,” and George Wallace was a big segregationist. He'd say, “every time you interrupt me, there's 100,000 more votes for him.” At this point, I don't think Donald Trump can be stopped and I think these demonstrators have pushed him into a commanding front-runner position.


BALDWIN: Ben, if he is the nominee, what do you think it means for the Republican Party in, say, four years?

STEIN: Terrifying. Terrifying. Very, very upsetting. But the party has declined culturally. The party has gotten to be not the party that it used to be. I'll still support him of course. But it will be a disaster. I'm very scared of Mr. Trump. I'm terrified of him.

BALDWIN: He has attracted so many voices and when you look at voter turnout, it is massive on the Republican side.

STEIN: I know it's massive and he is a real cult figure. He is the George Wallace of our era without being a racist. He is the voice of the ordinary citizen standing in line at the Walmart. And he is going to be a figure to be reckoned with. I'm not even sure Hillary can beat him. He is the voice of the unspoken, unwashed people coming down from the hills and all and they're very angry.


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