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(ThinkProgress) — “You’ve got to go out,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told his supporters in Pennsylvania earlier this month. “You’ve got to get your friends. And you’ve got to get everyone you know. And you got to watch your polling booths.”

 

The real-estate-developer-turned-white-nationalist speaks in thinly veiled code. He never quite tells his followers explicitly which neighborhoods they should target, or how aggressively they should “watch” voters. “I hear too many stories about Pennsylvania,” Trump warns. In “certain areas” he hears “too many bad stories, and we can’t lose an election because of you know what I’m talking about.”

 

While the openly racist nominee hasn’t given detailed marching orders to his supporters, some of them have heard a fairly clear message. The Boston Globe spoke to a Trump support who plans to engage in “racial profiling,” looking for “Mexicans. Syrians. People who can’t speak American” at the polls.

 

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