WSJ’s Reinhard: Trump Talking About Choosing Immigrants On Merit Appreciated By White Nationalists, ‘Very Scary’ To Others

On Friday’s broadcast of PBS’ “Washington Week,” Wall Street Journal political correspondent Beth Reinhard stated that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “talking about people who are likely to flourish, choosing people on merit, people who are likely to assimilate” is language that white nationalists appreciate, but, to others, “sounds very scary.”

Reinhard said, “You know, just in looking at what was new in the speech, because Donald Trump has been giving immigration speeches for, ever since he’s been in the race. He’s talked about immigration probably at every rally. So, one of the things that I was struck by, that Michael started to get at, was his description of how we would choose who could come in the country. And he had talked in the past about these ideological tests and used this term ‘extreme vetting.’ But he went farther this week in talking about people who are likely to flourish, choosing people on merit, people who are likely to assimilate. … And these, you know, if you looked at the — at social media, the response from white nationalists, this is all language that they, you know, appreciate, and that, for others, is — sounds very scary.”

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