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GOP’s Ugly and Cynical “Divide and Distract” Strategy Ramping Up for Post-Labor Day Homestretch

Millions of Dollars in New Attack Ads By GOP Leadership Allies Underscores Republican Midterm Strategy: Focus on Demonizing “The Other” to Keep Focus off the GOP’s Failure to Help “All of Us” With the midterm cycle set to kick into higher gear after Labor Day, we have more disturbing examples of the Republican “divide and … Continue reading »

ICYMI from NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson: “Frustration with Racism is Coming to the Ballot Box”

A New York Times op-ed from Derrick Johnson, president and chief executive of the NAACP, lifts up the findings and implications of polling conducted for the NAACP by the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decisions, analyzing voters’ views in 61 of the nation’s most competitive midterm congressional districts. According to Matt Hildreth, Political Director … Continue reading »

Cook Political Report Highlights the Full Extent of the Republican “Divide-and-Distract” Midterm Strategy

A new analysis from Cook Political Report shows the extent of the Republican “divide-and-distract” midterm strategy anchored in stoking fear related to immigration. While Democrats focus overwhelmingly on “kitchen table” issues like healthcare, wages, education and retirement security, Republicans are running on Trump, taxes, and immigration. In May, Stephen Miller signalled to Breitbart that Republicans … Continue reading »

Trump, Republicans Focus on Race and Xenophobia; Democrats Focus on Racial Unity and Economic Fairness: Advantage Democrats

The following is a post by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Ron Brownstein, one of the savviest political analysts around, tweeted something yesterday that caught our attention. Commenting on a recent Quinnipiac poll, he wrote: One key to understanding Democratic opportunities in November: while a striking 49% of US said in a recent … Continue reading »

As Trump’s Race-baiting Gets Uglier, and His Senate Faves Kiss His Ring, Will Voters Follow?

Frank Sharry: “Racism doesn’t increase wages; xenophobia doesn’t pay for healthcare; dividing America doesn’t protect the government investments Americans count on” Last night’s ugly speech from President Trump in Pennsylvania featured efforts to scapegoat familiar targets, such as immigrants and the media, while seeking to divide and distract the electorate from substantive, kitchen table issues. … Continue reading »

There He Goes Again: Unhinged Trump Deploying the “Divide and Distract” Political Strategy

President Trump’s unhinged, unfiltered speech in Tampa last night, following days of stoking the threat of an immigration and wall-funding related government shutdown, exemplifies what we’ll see for the remainder of this election cycle: a Trump-led and Republican-supported effort to whip up xenophobic fears and scapegoat familiar targets, such as immigrants and the media. The … Continue reading »