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divide and distract 2018

ICYMI: Greg Sargent, “President Trump has found his Reichstag fire”

Voters Must Reject These Incendiary Stunts by Trump and the GOP Greg Sargent at the Washington Post writes a must-read piece that captures the political and policy dimensions of Trump’s demagoguery on the caravan. Sargent’s piece is excerpted below and available in full here. President Trump is now in the process of revealing to the … Continue reading »

Virginia Says it All: GOP Discards Dreamers for their Nativist Base

In Virginia, Republicans have taken off the mask. Republicans are throwing Dreamers to the wind to lock down their base. Just watch the most recent ad from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) – the political arm of the House Republican Caucus – in Virginia’s Second Congressional District, a contentious battle between Scott Taylor and … Continue reading »

Recent Examples of GOP Immigration Attack Ads Show GOP Candidates Fully On Board the Trump Train Down the Stretch

As President Trump lies, stokes fears, and tries to whip up a frenzy over border security and the caravan, the most of the GOP is marching in lockstep. The drumbeat of ugly and race-baiting immigration attack ads continue in races across the country. Why? Because the “divide and distract” strategy as directed by Trump and … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Jamelle Bouie, “Donald Trump Can’t Count on Bigotry Alone”

Jamelle Bouie, in a new article for Slate, suggests the pundits swooning over Trump’s shameless exploitation of racism is simplistic. It misses the fact that Trump won in 2016 by combining racial grievance and economic populism, a formula that attracted voters motivated by both. Two years later, and with a populist economic platform replaced by … Continue reading »

Must-Reads on Trump’s Xenophobia: Matt Barreto Predicts it Will Backfire; Greg Sargent Challenges Us to Hold Trump Responsible if it Does

Today’s must-read pieces come from Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions and Greg Sargent of the Washington Post. With Trump dominating the newscycle in recent days with his xenophobia and mendacity, Barreto cites extensive polling evidence and recent races to predict Trump’s fear mongering won’t work and Sargent challenges the political class to conclude that Trump’s … Continue reading »

Trump’s Immigration Policy Has Failed. Instead of Changing it, He’s Exploiting It for Political Gain

Blatant Lies and Racism Central to His Divide and Distract Strategy President Trump’s closing argument for the midterms is clear: lie, stoke fear, and whip up a race-baiting frenzy over border security, immigration and a caravan of Central Americans seeking safety and opportunity. It’s almost as if he’s a bystander and a carnival barker who … Continue reading »

GOP Divide and Distract Ads 2018: In-State Tuition Edition

In-state tuition for undocumented students is popular and makes sense. But Republicans candidates this year are attacking the program anyway Accessing affordable higher education and mounting student debt are real issues for many voters in the 2018 midterm elections. However, many Republican ads are not proposing new solutions to address the problem — instead, they … Continue reading »

Daily Kos: “Reeling on health care, Republicans double down on anti-immigrant racism”

As we inch closer to midterms, Daily Kos’ Kerry Eleveld brilliantly captures the moment: Trump wants to distract from the Republicans’ attempts to gut health care coverage and give tax breaks with his racist rants that demonize immigrants in search of safety. This divide-and-distract strategy is not just about juicing his base, it’s about dominating … Continue reading »

Cookie-Cutter Racism: There Are So Many GOP Candidates Running Race-Baiting Ads, They’re Copying Each Other

In May, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told Breitbart that attacking immigrants was going to be the main focus of Republicans running in this fall’s elections, and boy did GOP candidates deliver. As we’ve been tracking at our new website DivideAndDistract2018.com, dozens of Republicans across the country have embrace an anti-immigrant, divisive message that … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: “Trump’s strategy is clear: stoke fear of immigrants, demand official cruelty, and cynically exploit divisions to score political points”

“It’s a searing indictment of his presidency that he’s tougher on vulnerable brown people that seek safety than autocratic regimes that kill their opponents” With President Trump’s Twitter feed once more consumed with anti-immigrant fear-mongering, the following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Just in time for the homestretch of … Continue reading »