As the article mentions, the Republican Party is becoming a de facto hate group, resembling the Know Nothing Political Party in the 1840s and 1850s, of which Abraham Lincoln wrote in his August 24, 1855 letter to Joshua Speed: "I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor or degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes" When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy [sic]."
The year of ‘enormous rage': Number of hate groups rose by 14 percent in 2015