“He also points to a national climate of racism that many see as an outgrowth of Trump’s election.”
Other than on the nation’s campuses, there is less of a climate of racism now than in any time in our nation’s history. Why would the reporter say this? Oh, yeah, it’s NPR. I do wonder, though, what the writer would say if his editor asked him to justify the use of the statement “He also points to a national climate of racism that many see as an outgrowth of Trump’s election”? The words of the person used to justify this statement are:
“We look at what’s happening in the political arena in terms of the conversations and the types of conversations,” he says. “We see folks that were on the fringes of society, let’s say, eight, nine, 10 years ago. But they’re now out front talking about various things that are somewhat disturbing.”
“8, 9, 10 years ago” refers to the years Obama was president, not Trump.