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New Swing State Polling: Trump’s Xenophobia Repels More Voters Than it Attracts

As Trump Leans in to the Same ‘Divide and Distract’ Strategy as 2018, Evidence Mounts That it is Backfiring Against Him and GOP for 2020 President Trump’s campaign rally last night in Pennsylvania reminds us that his 2020 reelection campaign will feature an ugly mix of tough guy talk and fearmongering on immigrants and immigration. … Continue reading »

Leading Observers: Trump Failing, Has Zero Idea What to Do, and Ignores Solutions in Favor of Chaos and Divisive 2020 Strategy

 Leading observers add some powerful new commentary to the points we’ve been making about the Trump administration’s immigration and border failures and motivations: Trump’s non-existent “policies” have failed and he has no idea what to do; There are practical solutions that a mature and sane administration would pursue; and Despite xenophobia backfiring in 2018, Trump’s … Continue reading »

In 2020 Campaign, John Cornyn is the Texas Mouthpiece for Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Message

Texas is ground zero for the fight for and against a border wall. The state has the longest border with Mexico of any American state which is why President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on that border is of vital importance to the Lone Star state. On March 14, 2019, … Continue reading »

Martha McSally Lost in 2018 by Adopting Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Message. She’s Doubling Down in 2020

On March 14, 2018, the United States Senate delivered a stunning rebuke to President Trump. Fifty-nine Senators, including 12 Republican Senators, stood up for the Constitution and voted to reject Trump’s fake national emergency. On the other hand, 41 Republican Senators chose Trump over the Constitution, and one of them was the recently appointed Senator … Continue reading »

GOP Pollster: Republicans Drowned Out Economic Message with Closing Argument Focused on Immigration and the Caravan

Our take: xenophobia backfired Republican pollster David Winston writes an important midterm post-mortem in Roll Call. Entitled “2018 Midterms: A Missed Opportunity for Republicans,” Winston argues that the GOP’s fatal mistake was to focus on immigration and the caravan — an issue that drove voters in the middle away from Republican candidates — rather than … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Trump’s Alienation of Younger Voters is a Generational Gamble for GOP”

Leading political observer Ron Brownstein’s latest CNN column explores how “Trump’s alienation of younger voters is a generational gamble for GOP.” Brownstein’s assessment echoes the recent Washington Post “Monkey Cage” analysis by University of Maryland associate professor Stella Rouse, who wrote how Republicans’ hard-line stance on immigration may alienate millennials for years. Rouse found: “Across … Continue reading »

USA Today Op-Ed: Republicans embraced Trump’s immigration scare tactics and paid a high political price

“While Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric might have energized Republicans in red states, polling shows it alienated everyone else” Let’s not forget. In the 2018 midterms Trump and his party closed with an ugly and unprecedented deluge of racism and xenophobia: hysteria about a caravan of bedraggled refugees a thousand miles from the border; the deployment of … Continue reading »

Despite Voter Backlash to GOP’s Xenophobia, Trump and Republicans Double Down on Xenophobia

McCarthy Providing More of the Same Ryan Rubbish Xenophobia backfired politically this year. In response to President Trump’s ugly, cynical and racist closing argument, Democrats won the popular vote by the largest midterm margin in history, flipped 40 House seats, limited losses on a brutal Senate map, flipped six governorships, and picked up nearly 400 … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Paul Waldman for WaPo, “Trump’s xenophobic fearmongering backfired in 2018. What will he do in 2020?”

In a must-read Washington Post column, Paul Waldman describes how Trump’s toxic anti-immigrant midterm strategy fell desperately short for the GOP in 2018 — but will be tried again in 2020. Waldman concludes: If Trump has any bit of political genius, it’s his ability to locate the worst in people — their fear, their envy, … Continue reading »

More Evidence that Trump’s Racist and Xenophobic Closing Argument Backfired

A consensus is taking hold: Trump’s closing argument – a toxic stew of lies, racism and fear mongering –- backfired. Races called yesterday help make the case. Martha McSally, a once-moderate Republican veteran compared to Senator John McCain, became awfully Trumpy on her way to being defeated by Kyrsten Sinema. Jeff Denham, a California Republican … Continue reading »