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Our Take on the 2018 Elections

Xenophobia Mostly Backfires, People of Color Show Up, and, Despite Trump’s Racist Attacks, Immigration and Pro-Immigrant Candidates Fare Well The 2018 results are mostly in, and the debate over what it all means has begun in earnest. Here are our initial takeaways: Trump and Trumpism suffered a significant setback: Republicans lost the House of Representatives … Continue reading »

After Last Week’s Violence, Republicans Run Ads Stoking Fear of the Caravan

Republicans, led by Trump, have made attacks on immigrants the central focus of their closing argument in 2018. Negative ads on immigration are being run by GOP organizations including the NRSC, NRCC, and RGA, and superPACS like CLF, SLF and America First. America’s Voice has compiled a database of anti-immigrant ads at our Distract and … Continue reading »

Election 2018 Profiles: Who is Brian Kemp (R-GA)?

Brian Kemp is currently Georgia’s Secretary of State and the Republican candidate for governor.  He has spent his time as Secretary of State making it more difficult to vote and is one of the worst anti-immigrant candidates running in the 2018 midterms. Fully embracing the divide and distract strategy promoted by Donald Trump and Stephen … Continue reading »

Recent Examples of GOP Immigration Attack Ads Show GOP Candidates Fully On Board the Trump Train Down the Stretch

As President Trump lies, stokes fears, and tries to whip up a frenzy over border security and the caravan, the most of the GOP is marching in lockstep. The drumbeat of ugly and race-baiting immigration attack ads continue in races across the country. Why? Because the “divide and distract” strategy as directed by Trump and … Continue reading »

GOP Divide and Distract Ads 2018: In-State Tuition Edition

In-state tuition for undocumented students is popular and makes sense. But Republicans candidates this year are attacking the program anyway Accessing affordable higher education and mounting student debt are real issues for many voters in the 2018 midterm elections. However, many Republican ads are not proposing new solutions to address the problem — instead, they … Continue reading »

Cookie-Cutter Racism: There Are So Many GOP Candidates Running Race-Baiting Ads, They’re Copying Each Other

In May, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told Breitbart that attacking immigrants was going to be the main focus of Republicans running in this fall’s elections, and boy did GOP candidates deliver. As we’ve been tracking at our new website DivideAndDistract2018.com, dozens of Republicans across the country have embrace an anti-immigrant, divisive message that … Continue reading »

The Guardian: “Republican attack ads echo Trump’s anti-immigration message to whip up fear among supporters”

In a piece for The Guardian, Sabrina Siddiqui captures the  Republican party’s attack ad strategy: mimic Trump, stoke fear of immigrants; attack Democrats for standing up for immigrants; and sow divisions.   The piece is excerpted below and available in full here. The outline of a child skips across the sidewalk as the narrator of … Continue reading »

Latest Examples of the GOP Immigration Attack Ads

A recent CNN analysis by Catherine Shoichet finds that more than $150 million has been spent on immigration attack ads this year – up fivefold over 2014. America’s Voice is tracking these anti-immigrant attack ads and featuring some of the ugliest examples at the new America’s Voice “Divide and Distract” website, which includes a searchable … Continue reading »

GOP Anti-Immigrant Attack Ads Up Fivefold Since 2014

Despite the Millions, the List of Races Where Ugly Ads Are Not Working Grows A new CNN analysis by Catherine Shoichet captures the scope and specifics of the Republican barrage of ugly immigration ads this cycle: The Trump administration’s sweeping efforts to crack down on immigration aren’t on the ballot November 6. But in the … Continue reading »

Election 2018: Donald Trump’s Divide and Distract Tour

Over the last few weeks, Donald Trump has been traveling the country to reinforce the GOP’s divide and distract strategy and campaign for some of the worst anti-immigrant candidates running in 2018. Crafted with the help of Stephen Miller, the divide and distract strategy has been promoting cynical political tactics that scapegoat immigrants in order … Continue reading »