“The Grand Old Party is now unrecognizable as anything but a personality cult headed towards disaster.” As Donald Trump barnstormed the country again with racist rants and lies about immigrants aimed at pitting Americans against Americans, the moral collapse of the Republican Party came into sharper focus yesterday with two key developments. Rep. Will Hurd… Continue »

Four years ago, soon after Donald Trump kicked off his presidential candidacy by slandering Mexicans as “rapists,” America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry said of Trump: He is challenging the American people, and the Republican Party specifically, by putting down the dog whistle and picking up the bullhorn … We’re talking about a frontrunner throwing… Continue »

A deep dive by Ron Brownstein explores part of the reason Despite the fretting of some pundits and observers, Donald Trump’s harsh statements and even harsher policies towards immigrants and immigration may not be the secret ingredient that unlocks reelection for him and the GOP.  Dating back to state races in 2017, especially in Virginia,… Continue »

Leading observers argue that the U.S. has reached a moral crisis, where the very existence of a modern, liberal, multiracial democracy is at stake. Adam Serwer of The Atlantic, Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times and Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post argue, in different ways, that as a nation we have reached a… Continue »

The Trump-GOP Message of Hate, Division and Bigotry Failed in 2018 If anyone was still doubting the premise, last night’s ugly rally in North Carolina confirmed that President Trump – to an extent unprecedented in modern American politics – will run an overtly racist presidential campaign with a core focus on animating racial grievance and… Continue »

It’s clear that racial incitement and xenophobia will be the animating force of President Trump’s 2020 re-election effort. As political observers assess the related ugliness and implications, it’s worth noting that: Xenophobia backfired badly in 2018 after Trump – and most GOP candidates – closed with ugly and cynical attack ads focused on caravans, criminals… Continue »

The first two democratic debates last week reflected, to a point, this country’s reality. That is, its diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual identity, and ideology was evident: white people, minorities, women and men, a representative from the LGBTQ community, members of different generations, as well as positions on all sides of the political… Continue »

President Donald J. Trump made his reelection campaign official in Orlando, Florida using immigrants as his favorite piñata–that is, other than the media. It was no accident that, before his announcement, he indicated that starting next week, ICE will deport “millions” of undocumented immigrants, a declaration designed to appease his base and terorrize the immigrant… Continue »

“Except this time, the American people already know what to expect and they aren’t falling for Trump’s falsehoods and fear mongering.” Earlier tonight, President Trump launched his 2020 reelection campaign fueled by a false sense of success. As a humanitarian crisis rages on our southern border, created and compounded by the failed policies of Trump… Continue »

Donald Trump is set to officially kick off his re-election tonight with a rally in Orlando, Florida. Trump, who launched his presidential campaign four years ago by descending a golden escalator and slandering Mexicans as rapists, is set to return to the same playbook of obsessive fear-mongering around immigrants – his xenophobia is the beating… Continue »