In an article published on October 20, 2020, only two weeks before the presidential election, two leading political scientists, Elizabeth F. Cohen, Professor at Syracuse University and Visiting Fellow at Princeton University's Center for Human Values, and Jason Stanley, Yale Professor and author of "How Fascism Works", pointed out that Donald Trump's racist attacks on immigrants during the 2016 campaign, followed by his attempts as president to impose draconian (and in some cases illegal) measures against unauthorized immigrants and immigrants seeking entry at the Mexican border, and to close America against almost all forms of legal immigration, were inevitably leading to Trump/GOP attacks against American citizens of color.

The two authors showed that the attacks on immigrants and black US citizens were part of the same white nationalist agenda. See:

Critical Race Theory and the 2020 US election

The main theme of the article was that whereas Trump's 2016 campaign was based on racist attacks on immigrants, his 2020 campaign was more focused on attacks against American citizens of color, as exemplified in his attacks on the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

They wrote:

"How can we make sense of Trump's decision not to campaign on the anti-immigrant measures that have been his most successful set of policies? For the people at whom is messages are pitched, a sealed border was only the first stage of a longer process. With immigration halted and immigrants who remain forced to live in terror, Trump is now delivering to his followers the next phase of his war, in which his targets are US citizens who have long been forced to the margins of their own country. Both the 2016 campaign and the 2020 campaign are celebrations of white nationalism."

Of course, the above was written before Trump lost the election and began spreading his Big Lie to the effect that the election had been "stolen" through "election fraud" (i.e. by counting the votes of American citizens living in nonwhite neighborhoods).

This article also appeared before the massive post-election nationwide assault against the voting rights of black and other minority US citizens by Republican-controlled legislatures. This effort is proceeding hand in hand with the Republican attempt to foment hatred and hysteria over the so-called "surge" in nonwhite immigrants seeking to enter the US through the Mexican border.

But both of these development directly bear out the authors' above conclusion - namely that attacks against immigrants and against minority US citizens are both part of the same white nationalist agenda.
In Part 2 of this 2-part series, I will discuss how the above relates to Critical Race Theory (CRT), and why Trump and his white nationalist supporters are so strongly opposed to teaching CRT in our schools.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard College A.B.
Harvard Law School LL.B