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Frank Sharry: Trump is Undeterred, Unrestrained and Desperate

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: President Trump remains undeterred and unrestrained in his attempts to stoke hate and spread racial terror — all in service of scoring political points and competing in the midterms. He will let nothing stand in the way of his deeply cynical and … Continue reading »

After Last Week’s Violence, Hateful Ads Against Migrant Caravan Need to Come Down

Republicans, led by Trump, have been working to make the caravan of migrants seeking asylum a top political story, believing it will rally their base. Over the weekend, that story was entwined with the horrific massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The alleged shooter had been ranting about the caravan. From CNN: In one post, … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: President Trump Should Cancel Tuesday Night’s Immigration Speech

“He’s Throwing a Match on the Kindling. Once Again.” The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: At a time when our nation is being ripped apart and threatened by hate-inspired domestic terrorism, the President of the United States should be bringing our nation together, not deliberately sowing division and … Continue reading »

ICYMI: E.J. Dionne Jr., “Trump’s grip on power depends on splitting the nation in two”

In his newest column for the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne Jr. diagnoses Trump’s need to divide the nation in hopes of hanging onto power: “For Trump and his enablers, national unity is not a noble goal but a dire threat to their political well-being.” The piece is excerpted below and available in full here. It’s … Continue reading »

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 »