Republicans are using their political ads to attempt to connect the issues of fentanyl to their overall nativist appeals despite lacking basic logic or facts. Drug trafficking is a serious issue that requires decisive action and comprehensive solutions from our elected leaders. Unfortunately, too many Republican candidates are more interested in scoring political points than… Continue »

The Republicans are heading into a pivotal midterm election with the MAGA movement looking to squash the little remaining dissent in the party’s old guard. It appears Florida Senator Rick Scott, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Campaign (NRSC), is looking to seize the opportunity and is asserting himself as a pivotal leader in this… Continue »

Washington, DC – Our memo below captures the latest action at the intersection of immigration politics and policy. Be on the lookout for more on the politics of immigration this week, as tomorrow’s Virginia primary elections set up a high-profile test case whether the GOP will again embrace nativism as Ed Gillespie infamously tried in… Continue »

Yesterday in the White House Rose Garden and in a series of interviews, President Trump delivered a mix of racism, xenophobia and fact-free incoherence. But as Trump again turns to his old playbook, there is growing evidence that the American public is rejecting his divisiveness: New Pew Research polling finds that the public is focused… Continue »

Within the next two weeks, voters in 11 states will hold their Congressional party primaries. While COVID has delayed some the process and spurred changes in how millions will cast their ballots, unfortunately the persistent use of xenophobic dog-whistling by GOP candidates has remained consistent throughout the crisis. Congressional campaigns across the country have continued… Continue »

Last month we highlighted the fact that as the Trump Administration’s failed and inadequate response to the COVID-19 pandemic became clear, Trump and his allies would inevitably turn to their divide and distract playbook. Looking to divert attention from these shortcomings, Trump and his allies began to blame China for the problems America is facing… Continue »

HuffPost/YouGov Poll: By 2:1 Margins, Americans Back Citizenship and Think Immigration Net Positive for Country – Findings Mirror Those from Pre-Pandemic November 2019 Polling Nationwide polling from HuffPost/YouGov finds that the American public is – and remains – broadly pro-immigrant. As the Trump campaign and Republicans continue to run hard on xenophobia, the polling offers… Continue »

Read the new America’s Voice report on the failure of the GOP’s reliance on xenophobia in electoral campaigns from 2017 – 2019 HERE; Watch the accompanying video HERE A new report and accompanying video released today by America’s Voice explores how the Republican Party tried to copy Trump’s 2016 electoral success by running on racial… Continue »

Key Points As a pandemic ravages America, Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is turning to a go-to strategy: racism and xenophobia. Over the past four years, messages that demonize immigrants, foreigners and so-called “open borders” opponents have been a mainstay of GOP campaign strategy and attack ads — from Trump to Republican candidates to party committees… Continue »

It is becoming clearer by the day that the Trump campaign and GOP candidates throughout the country are turning to dog-whistle ads as part of the divide-and-distract playbook. Expect it to be a core Republican strategy throughout the 2020 election season.  Dog-Whistle Politics, Trump Version On April 9, Donald Trump’s campaign dropped a new ad… Continue »