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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"An old xenophobic slur"


Not exactly a left-wing publication (the article ends with the prediction Democrats will nominate another Clinton,who will fall to Trump):

Trump sparked a firestorm with a series of Twitter posts and subsequent statements in which he said a group of liberal firebrands often referred to as “the squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

All four are citizens, and only Omar is a naturalized American. The suggestion that the women should go back where they came from is an old xenophobic slur periodically deployed, typically by white Protestant Americans, to denigrate and demonize immigrants, as well as white and nonwhite ethnic and religious minorities who are citizens or legal residents.

This is why Sen. Kennedy shifted the conversation to a new topic, and why Trump joined him. It's also why I heard Trump supporters interviewed on NPR this morning trying to explain Trump's reference as one of simply going back to their districts, because people we disagree with politically should not have a voice in D.C.; or something.

One supporter actually averred that Trump's use of "countries" was a typo.  Racism is still the hate that dare not speak its name, so it must be denied at all costs.  How's that gonna work out?

Three years ago, Clinton’s advantage over Trump with women was 13 points. In the historically high-turnout midterm elections, the Democratic Party’s margin over the GOP with women grew to 19%. In 2016, Trump garnered 42% of college-educated voters and won the suburbs by 4 percentage points. Last fall, the Republicans managed to win just 39% of college-educated voters and saw Democrats erase their edge with suburban voters.

Texas has not had a Democratic senator since 1988.  Beto O'Rourke came within a hair of unseating Ted Cruz, and several Democrats unseated incumbent Republicans.  The entire election last November put the fear of God into former fire-breathers like Dan Patrick, and turned Harris County solidly blue.  Nationally, the Democrats took the House, and Trump's approval ratings have never risen above 44%.  And I really don't see the Democrats nominating a candidate as politically inept as Hillary Clinton again soon.

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