Republicans have courted racists for years. Why are they cringing now?

Last week’s violent demonstration by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, culminating in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, made for a carnival of obscenity as sickening as it was riveting. But the thing is, it did not spring from nowhere. In 1968, Richard Nixon employed the controversial “Southern Strategy” to draw whites to his presidential campaign.

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Train hits pedestrian in downtown Modesto

Emergency crews responded to a report of a freight train hitting a pedestrian at Eighth and I streets in Modesto, CA, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (John Holland/jholland@modbee.com)
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Train hits pedestrian in downtown Modesto 0:33

Train hits pedestrian in downtown Modesto

Demonstrators disrupt CSUS president's address 0:35

Demonstrators disrupt CSUS president's address

Eclipse viewing in Modesto 1:45

Eclipse viewing in Modesto

Watch air ambulance land on Highway 99 after crash in Turlock 1:00

Watch air ambulance land on Highway 99 after crash in Turlock