MSNBC highlights the "surge in candidates running on an explicitly white nationalist message" in 2018
Morgan Radford: "When we dismiss them as just fringe groups, we don't allow for the fact that these people are trying to become part of our political process"
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From the May 31 edition of MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson:
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HALLIE JACKSON (HOST): There's a really alarming trend happening in the 2018 midterms. Anti-hate groups say they're seeing a surge in candidates running on an explicitly white nationalist message. The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified eight candidates running for office with white supremacist ties, a number they say is higher than any election in recent memory.
JACKSON: It is disturbing to listen to some of the comments in that piece. You talk about how this is a record number running, but it's still just eight, right? It's still just a fringe group out there.
MORGAN RADFORD (CORRESPONDENT, MSNBC): That's the problem, Hallie. I think sometimes that, when we dismiss them as just fringe groups, we don't allow for the fact that these people are trying to become part of our political process. So, for example, Patrick Little, that second candidate I interviewed out in California, he said that he's listed as a "civil rights advocate." And when I said, now hold on, do you really think you're a civil rights advocate, he said, yes, I do. I'm advocating for working, white Christian men, and we feel oppressed by the Jews. And I said -- when you press these guys on exactly what it means, what their campaign platform means, they're talking about forcibly removing people, not only from their neighborhoods and their communities but also from this country and their lives, Hallie