Republican strategist Rick Wilson said on July 5 that some supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are "screaming for hot pockets and a new Holocaust" (video below).
According to Media Matters, Wilson made his comments during an interview on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes."
Hayes and Wilson were talking about Trump's retweet of an attack meme against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that featured what appeared to be a Star of David and money in the background.
Several journalists said that Trump's retweet was anti-Semitic, but the GOP candidate insisted that it was actually a sheriff's star even though the meme reportedly originated with a white supremacist website.
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Hayes said that he was shocked how this type of content keeps reappearing on Trump's Twitter feed, to which Wilson responded:
It really is, Chris. And the fact of the matter is Donald Trump understands who these people are. I've come to believe that, as I said in the piece, it's not a bug, it's a feature. This is a guy who understands that the center of his play is this deeply resentful, edge case group of people who really believe that the Jews control the world and that ... white nationalism is the future of American politics.
And they range in sophistication from ... the guys who are fairly clever race-baiters who try to stay out of the dirtier slums to the crazies in mom's basement screaming for hot pockets and a new Holocaust. But he tweets with all of these people.
He engages with these folks. He re-tweets them. I mean, every single time the guy tweets something, the top four or five responses come from these bots and these neo-Nazi kids who are his biggest fan base. And the guy will not disavow them.
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Hayes went on to say that normal political advisors would never allow racist and bigoted tweets and retweets from a candidate's account, but how it has become the norm for Trump.
According to Raw Story, Wilson jabbed Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus in the interview: "Good job, Reince. Good job everybody else who’s endorsed this guy, because you’re gonna get the stink of his continued flirtation with the scuzzier parts of the anti-Semitic Internet and the racist Internet all over you."