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Frank Sharry on Why We Must Never Normalize Trump’s “Apocalyptic Fearmongering” Speech

In a story titled, “Trump Reached a New Level of Apocalyptic Fearmongering at His Pennsylvania Rally,” Esquire recaps some of the disturbing details and implications of President Trump’s viciously xenophobic rally held this week in Hershey, PA (with embedded disturbing video clips of the rally). As the piece, authored by Jack Holmes, notes: For Donald … Continue reading »

GOP’s Predictable Xenophobia Playbook Again Fails in Louisiana Gubernatorial Run-off Election

So Much for Those Trump’s Coattails… Republicans keep relying on racial incitement and xenophobia in races across the country, but in election after election, the strategy is failing. The latest example comes from the gubernatorial runoff election in Louisiana, won by Democrat John Bel Edwards over Republican Eddie Rispone, a Trump clone whose campaign featured … Continue reading »

For the Third Straight Election Cycle, the GOP Relied on Xenophobia. For the Third Straight Election Cycle, It Failed.

“Three strikes and you’re out” Following Trump’s victory in 2016, some in the political class concluded that his reliance on xenophobia reflected magical powers of insight into the American electorate.  This, in turn, led some pundits to predict that in the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial contest Republican Ed Gillespie’s reliance on ugly MS-13 ads would power … Continue reading »

Virginia Republicans Revert To Racist, Anti-Immigrant Ads — Again

Virginians will head to the polls this November 5, to decide the fate of the closely contested state legislature. Polling suggests a race leaning in Democrats’ favor and the Republican response has been to turn to the same strategy that failed them in the last two election cycles.         Virginia Republican candidates have once again resorted … Continue reading »

Here They Go Again: As Failures Converge, Trump and GOP Enablers Tee Up “Divide and Distract” Strategy

They Relied on it in 2018 and it Failed Remember the caravan hysteria? Threatened by sinking poll numbers in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, President Trump and Republicans resorted to racial incitement and fearmongering about crime, terrorism and invasion. It was a cynical and desperate attempt to divide and distract the electorate. As … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Trump backfire: Americans increasingly embrace ‘nation of immigrants’ history and future”

Facing impeachment, Donald Trump’s reelection strategy has become a full on attempt to stop immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from entering the country. But the ugliness of Trump’s many attacks, policies and plans continue to backfire. The reality is that the more Trump has sought to isolate America, the more Americans welcome a melting pot. … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Pollster Stan Greenberg on Why Trump’s Xenophobia May Backfire Again in 2020

New Conventional Wisdom Now Aligns with Previous AV Polling & Analysis In a provocative New York Times op-ed, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg marshals public opinion data and the recent lessons from the 2018 midterms to make the case that the Republican Party is headed toward defeat in 2020. The piece includes a detailed exploration of … Continue reading »

Reuters/Ipsos Poll Joins Other Studies in Finding Americans Have Grown More Pro-Immigrant in Trump Era

President Trump, Stephen Miller, and hardline anti-immigrant allies have forced a referendum on immigration and immigrants in America. And it seems they are losing. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll is the latest study that captures how Americans are increasingly rejecting the Trump/Miller vision and embracing pragmatic pro-immigrant policies. The massive Reuters/Ipsos poll of more than 4,000 … Continue reading »

Stephen Miller Controls Immigration Policy, 2020 Reelection Strategy, and Trump

“Miller is the captain of this ship. The question is whether the vessel for his sadistic cruelty — Trump and the GOP — can survive the voyage” – Frank Sharry Two front-pagers from the Washington Post and New York Times put the spotlight on Stephen Miller this weekend, revealing what we basically already understood: Miller … Continue reading »