By Adele M. Stan
Donald J. Trump and Patrick J. Buchanan have a few things in common: Both are foreign-policy isolationists. Both oppose free-trade deals. Both want to shut the southern border. Both have shown contempt for women. Both advance a white nationalist view of their ideal America. And each has wreaked havoc on the Republican Party.
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In fact, you could say that Trump’s new status as the GOP’s presumptive nominee owes much to Buchanan’s attempts in the 1990s to achieve just the same. Buchanan, who has endorsed Trump, certainly thinks so. “Yeah, we were a little bit ahead of our time,” Buchanan told NPR’s Rachel Martin on Thursday.
Speaking on Morning Edition, Buchanan, the former White House communications director for President Ronald Reagan, explained his endorsement of Trump, which he made despite Trump’s many right-wing apostasies. It boiled down to this: The United States, in Buchanan’s view, is facing an existential threat from the non-white peoples of the world, whether through bad trade deals or the growing presence of non-European immigrants within our borders. “So, we’re, what, about 25 years away from the fact when Americans of European descent will be a minority in the United States. … Anybody that believes that a country can be maintained that has no ethnic core to it, or no linguistic core to it, I believe is naïve in the extreme,” Buchanan told NPR.