CNN's Ali: Trump's Election Signaled 'Mainstreaming' of 'White Supremacist Conspiracy Theories'

Ryan Foley | December 28, 2019
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Friday's Cuomo Prime Time featured a segment with three guests making their predictions regarding "what to watch for in the coming year." CNN contributor Wajahat Ali predicted that "the death rattle of white supremacy" will be one of the biggest stories of 2020 before painting Trump's election as a result of white supremacy: "what we saw from 2016 with the election of Trump, every study has shown that the predominant factor for Trump voters was not economic anxiety but racial anxiety, which was exploited by Trump." Ali went on to predict that in 2020, America will see "the mainstreaming and further popularization of white supremacist conspiracy theories" that he argued began in 2018 with the claims of an "invasion" orchestrated by George Soros. Ali also accused "right-wing politicians and Fox News" of "mainstreaming" white supremacist conspiracy theories. Former State Department spokesperson Nayyera Haq warned CNN viewers to "be on the lookout" for voter suppression and accused Republicans in Florida and all across the country of orchestrating "poll taxes" and trying to put "restrictions on voting that frankly we haven't seen since the 1960s." When former Republican Congressman Charlie Dent suggested that "Brexit's warning" will loom large in 2020 because people in the United States do not react positively to far-left candidates like Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, Cuomo indicated that he agrees with the liberal panelists' depictions of Trump: "Trump is the one who is doing a lot of the baiting that you caution about in terms of playing with race, playing with divisions, playing with diversity."