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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 »

Trump and Miller Are Fine with Ruining the Lives of Children in Their Effort to Keep Out and Kick Out Immigrants

Fear is the Cornerstone of the Trump/Miller Policy and Electoral Strategy The Trump administration’s immigration radicalism and cruelty is taking a toll on children. Just look at the implications and examples from immigration stories from the past few days: Stephen Miller and allies intent on blocking immigrant children from attending school. As Bloomberg reports in … Continue reading »

Madeleine Albright Encapsulates Trump’s Week of Cruelty: “One of the Most Un-American Things I’ve Heard”

Trump and His Enablers Running Over American Values, Freedom and History In response to the Trump public charge rule – an effort to radically reshape American immigration along lines of race and wealth – and Ken Cuccinelli’s already infamous mischaracterization of the Emma Lazarus poem and America’s immigration tradition, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright … Continue reading »

El Paso Leaders Condemn Terrorist Attack by White Nationalist, Call Out Trump for Fueling Racism and Inspiring Violence

After a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas claimed the lives of 20 people and injured dozens more, voices of the El Paso community stand together in condemning the racism and hatred that fueled the violent attack.    In an interview with MSNBC, Representative Veronica Escobar spoke on the strength of the El Paso community and … Continue reading »

Michael Gerson: “Such racism indicts Trump. Treating racism as a typical or minor matter indicts us.”

After Another Week of Trump’s Racist Rants and GOP Moral Collapse, We Cannot Look Away As Trump continues to play with the fire of racial incitement, Michael Gerson of the Washington Post writes that complacency in the face of this dangerous descent is not an option. Gerson’s column in excerpted below and available in full … Continue reading »

Why Trump’s Racist Attacks Are Not Just Vile and Wrong, But a Sign of Weakness and Desperation

Trump Enablers Tout Attacks as Brilliant Strategy As we take stock of President Trump’s vile racism and recognize the moral depravity of his bigotry, let’s also engage in some real talk about whether “racism as an electoral strategy is going to work for him.” After what transpired in the midterms in 2018, we are optimistic … Continue reading »

Trump’s White Working Class Gender Gap Is Made Worse By His Failed and Racist Approach to Immigrants and Immigration

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 reading »

Is Trump’s Reliance on Racism and Xenophobia Working? Voters in Fox News Poll Say No

Newswhip analysis and political reporters agree It’s now clear as crystal. Racial incitement and xenophobia will be the animating force of President Trump’s 2020 re-election effort. Trump believes it was the key to his 2016 victory. However, in 2018, xenophobia backfired badly on the GOP after Trump – and most Republican candidates – closed with … Continue reading »