Philip Klinkner, the James S. Sherman Professor of Government, was quoted in a Globe and Mail article titled Dallas shootings: Lasting consequences for race relations, policing and the election on July 11. In a discussion of violent events in 1968, especially those related to party conventions, and predictions of what might occur this summer in Cleveland and Philadelphia, Klinkner observed, “The real wild card here is Trump. We’ve never had a major-party nominee who’s been willing to fan these flames” using nativist, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.
“In many ways, how bad this gets depends largely on him,” Klinkner concluded. The Globe and Mail is Canada’s most widely read national newspaper.
Klinkner has also been a regular weekly guest on the local radio talk show Talk of the Town on WUTQ FM 100.7. During his 10-minute analysis of the current state of the presidential campaign on July 11, Klinkner discussed recent polls and their accuracy or lack thereof, possible fallout from the FBI’s decision on Clinton’s use of a private email server as Secretary of State, Sanders endorsement of Clinton, the role of this year’s conventions, party platforms and vice presidential selections.