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On Press Call, Experts Respond to Trump Administration’s Strategy of Using Bigotry and Xenophobia to Deflect from Its Mishandling of COVID-19 Pandemic

A recording of the call is available here As the Trump administration continues to mishandle the outbreak of COVID-19 and use nativism to distract from its failures, a panel of experts and advocates gathered earlier today on a press call to talk about how the struggle to protect public health requires an inclusive strategy, not … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Julio Ricardo Varela in Washington Post “Trump turns to a familiar scapegoat: Immigration”

In a must-read op-ed published yesterday in the Washington Post, Julio Ricardo Varela exposes Trump’s attempt to point fingers and scapegoat immigrants in an attempt to deflect accountability for his failure to respond to a global pandemic. As Varela writes, “First, he blamed the Chinese. Then, he blamed previous administrations. Now, President Trump has taken … Continue reading »

Instead of Stepping Up to Save Lives, Trump Points Fingers and Blows Smoke

“Divide-and-Distract” Strategy of Xenophobia Will Not Draw Attention Away from His Deadly Mismanagement of Our Public Health Crisis Spreading xenophobia will not contain the spread of the coronavirus. Nevertheless, President Trump and allies are ramping up their efforts to distract attention from their own mismanagement of the ongoing public health crisis by turning to their … Continue reading »

Trump’s “Divide-and-Distract” Strategy Goes Global

He Turns To His Go-To Maneuver of Blaming “the Other” to Distract from his Failures The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Last night, President Trump delivered a rare Oval Office address at a moment of national crisis. Instead of providing leadership, clarity and realism, he offered up a … Continue reading »

Amidst Global Health Crisis, Expect Trump to Shift Focus to Immigrants as Greatest Threat to American Safety

But His Obsession with the Wall May Turn to a Political Liability Tonight, expect President Trump to attempt to distance himself from a week of bad news by heading to South Carolina to continue his pattern of counter-programming the early Democratic primary and caucus states with Trump re-election rallies. Ahead of the North Charleston rally, … Continue reading »

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 »