'Isn't he patient zero?': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace addresses racists that just happen to think Trump is one of them
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace (screengrab)

President Donald Trump's racism was a key topic of conversation for the eve of the midterm elections on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with Nicolle Wallace.

Prior to her journalism career, Wallace was a top Republican strategist and served as communications director in George W. Bush's White House.

"This president is hard-wired to not be offended by racists," Wallace noted. "Does anyone around the president explain to the president that he is sort of patient zero for all of this?"

"I think anybody who would be able to do that has long gone," Los Angeles Times White House reporter Eli Stokols replied. "Nobody is trying to convince Donald Trump to change his mind or to see that maybe his rhetoric is problematic."

"He gave -- for the first time in a long time -- white people sort of the permission to talk about their pain and grievances and the permission to complain -- allowed about diversifying country," he continued.