Post-Dallas, Could White Fear Turn Tide for Trump?

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The political climate had already incubated into the most racially flammable presidential election cycle in recent memory (perhaps more so than when the first black president ran). Throw a lit match of tragic police assassinations by heavily-armed vengeful black man on it, and it may have just exploded into a summer surprise inflection point that determines who goes to the White House.

It all depends on white voters.

Dallas is where that tense, volatile intersection of race and politics might reach a nightmarish electoral critical mass. Generally speaking, many white voters were already increasingly frantic over the fast-action demographic changes before them as their share of the population declined two full percentage points down to 64.6 percent since 2012. Look no further than this past Republican presidential primary for proof. Witness the ease with which white Republicans and independents embrace the colorful racist demagoguery of one orange-haired lunatic.

What’s worrisome is how that translates electorally post-Dallas. What will a white voter do?

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