Brooks: If David Duke Was the GOP Nominee, ‘Would You Say the Supreme Court Is All That Matters?’

On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks asked, “if David Duke was the Republican nominee, would you say the Supreme Court is all that matters? Would you support David Duke?”

Brooks said, “Well, people are getting in line to different degrees. They’re acclimatizing themselves. And, as I mentioned last week, they’re normalizing Donald Trump, as if he’s a normal candidate. And a lot of them will say, well, the Supreme Court is what really matters, and he’ll pick better Supreme Court [justices]. And I — somebody make a good point, if David Duke was the Republican nominee, would you say the Supreme Court is all that matters? Would you support David Duke? At some point, to my mind, a line has to be drawn, that you just won’t support a certain sort of person.”

He later added, “I do believe [that] a large part of Trump’s support comes out of economic distress and social dislocation. But there’s always been an ethnic element to it, and how much that plays a role in Trump’s support is really impossible to measure.”

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