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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 »

Not Just Politics As Usual, But A Moral Test for the “American Idea” as Well

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 reading »

Trump’s North Carolina Rally: A Vile Foreshadow of 2020

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 reading »

Let’s Not Forget: Trump Closed Hard With Xenophobia in 2018, and it Backfired Badly

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 reading »

Leading Observers: Trump Uses Racism to Attack the American Experiment as a Reelection Strategy

Yesterday, Frank Sharry noted that racism, nativism and stoking white grievance will be the “beating heart” of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. Leading observers are making a similar assessment, recognizing that we are gearing up for a vile campaign season that will pit Trump’s turbocharged racism and xenophobia against a different and inclusive vision of America. … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: Racism, Nativism and Stoking White Grievance Will Be the “Beating Heart” of Trump’s 2020 Campaign

“Racial incitement is the animating electoral strategy of a sitting President and his party.”   The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: The beating heart of Trumpism is and has always been racism and xenophobia. Now, Trump is turbocharging it in his desperate attempt to hold onto power. As … Continue reading »

Five Key Points on Trump and Immigration

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 reading »

WaPo Editorial: “Unauthorized immigrants are overwhelmingly law-abiding. But it won’t stop Trump”

“This is Trumpism at its ugliest: turning truth on its head; vilifying the “other”; sowing hatred and fear.” In a Washington Post editorial, the editorial board makes an accurate and devastating diagnosis of Trump’s immigration policy. The White House’s relentless and sweeping characterization of migrants as dangerous criminals, gang members and, in the president’s own … Continue reading »

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 »