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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 »

Frank Sharry for USA Today: “Democrats can turn immigration into a total loser for Donald Trump in 2020 — if they dare”

“[Trump] lines the pockets of his super wealthy friends, picks the pockets of ordinary Americans, and points the finger at brown and black immigrants. This is nothing less than the strategic use of racism in the service of plutocracy.” As Trump kicks off his reelection in Orlando today — and former undocumented Trump property workers … Continue reading »

In 2020 Campaign, John Cornyn is the Texas Mouthpiece for Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Message

Texas is ground zero for the fight for and against a border wall. The state has the longest border with Mexico of any American state which is why President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on that border is of vital importance to the Lone Star state. On March 14, 2019, … Continue reading »

Martha McSally Lost in 2018 by Adopting Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Message. She’s Doubling Down in 2020

On March 14, 2018, the United States Senate delivered a stunning rebuke to President Trump. Fifty-nine Senators, including 12 Republican Senators, stood up for the Constitution and voted to reject Trump’s fake national emergency. On the other hand, 41 Republican Senators chose Trump over the Constitution, and one of them was the recently appointed Senator … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Ronald Brownstein: “Trump Settles on His Reelection Message”

“I’ll protect you” In his latest piece for The Atlantic, Ronald Brownstein looks at Trump’s recent CPAC speech, identifying the dark phrase, “I’ll protect you,” as an encapsulation of his likely 2020 re-election message. Brownstein also recognizes that while the relentless and ugly focus on xenophobia may rally the GOP base, it also “hardens the … Continue reading »

Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions in the New York Times: Trump Thinks He’s Still Winning on Immigration

Never mind what the election results say. Dr. Matt Barreto, political scientist and co-founder of Latino Decisions, is out with an op-ed in today’s New York Times that highlights the massive turnout of Latino voters in 2018, and the massive rejection of Trump’s xenophobia by the majority of voters, led by people of color: In … Continue reading »

Washington Examiner: “Leading GOP pollster: Trump’s focus on immigration sunk House majority”

David Drucker of the Washington Examiner writes a new piece with the headline neither Donald Trump or Stephen Miller wants to see and White House enablers are afraid to repeat. The headline: “Leading GOP pollster: Trump’s focus on immigration sunk House majority.” Drucker quotes findings from leading Republican operative David Winston, who explains how the … Continue reading »

Trump’s Push for a Government Shutdown Ignores 2018 Midterm Results, Divides GOP, and Unites Democrats

President Trump’s brilliant plan to shut down the government over his wasteful and offensive border wall vanity project ignores the 2018 midterm results, is sharply at odds with the wishes of the American public, and manages to both divide Republican elected officials and unite Democrats. As leading voices are pointing out, this is more about … Continue reading »

GOP Pollster: Republicans Drowned Out Economic Message with Closing Argument Focused on Immigration and the Caravan

Our take: xenophobia backfired Republican pollster David Winston writes an important midterm post-mortem in Roll Call. Entitled “2018 Midterms: A Missed Opportunity for Republicans,” Winston argues that the GOP’s fatal mistake was to focus on immigration and the caravan — an issue that drove voters in the middle away from Republican candidates — rather than … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Trump’s Alienation of Younger Voters is a Generational Gamble for GOP”

Leading political observer Ron Brownstein’s latest CNN column explores how “Trump’s alienation of younger voters is a generational gamble for GOP.” Brownstein’s assessment echoes the recent Washington Post “Monkey Cage” analysis by University of Maryland associate professor Stella Rouse, who wrote how Republicans’ hard-line stance on immigration may alienate millennials for years. Rouse found: “Across … Continue reading »