Determined Democrats have apparently determined that the best way to win in 2020 is to color President Trump as a racist, even perhaps a hood-wearing, torch-carrying grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Democrats appeared able to thunder to Election Day with a “Russia, Russia, Russia” conflict chant, however former particular counsel Robert Mueller wee-weed throughout that plan when he declared that neither Mr. Trump nor his marketing campaign colluded with the Kremlin to change the result of the 2016 election.
Now they’re placing all their little white eggs within the large racist basket.
“We have now a president who actively demonizes racial and spiritual minorities, who coddles Nazis and Klansmen, and who wields white supremacy as a political weapon,” blared Sen. Bernard Sanders, a 2020 presidential candidate.
One other presidential hopeful, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, advised The New York Occasions that Mr. Trump backs white supremacy with a “wink and a nod.”
“He has talked about white supremacists as superb folks. He’s accomplished all the pieces he can to fire up racial battle and hatred on this nation,” she mentioned.
Fellow candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke was requested by CNN’s Jake Tapper: “Do you suppose President Trump is a white nationalist?”
“Sure I do,” the zero-percent candidate mentioned. “The issues that he has mentioned each as a candidate after which because the President of america, this can’t be open for debate.”
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, requested by reporters whether or not he thinks Mr. Trump is a white supremacist, mentioned it may be “worse” than that.
“I consider all the pieces the president says and has accomplished encourages white supremacists, and I’m unsure there’s a lot of a distinction. As a matter of truth, it could be even worse,” he mentioned.
And Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, apparently the brand new chief of the Democratic Get together, went on a Twitter tear final week, saying we’ve all acquired to be speaking continuous about white supremacy.
“What this second is asking of us is to debate *white supremacy and racism* as a lot — or presumably greater than — *white supremacists and racists*,” she tweeted.
She sought to distinguish between “supremacy” and “supremacist,” saying for a lot of Individuals their inherent racism is merely mendacity “dormant.”
“There’s a distinction between white supremacists & white supremacy. White supremacy is sort of a virus. Supremacists are those that have been fully overcome by the illness, however supremacy — the virus — exists on a bigger scale past simply the contaminated. It additionally lays dormant,” she tweeted.
So, the Democrats have shifted seamlessly from hyping alleged Russian collusion to hyping white supremacy. Simply as they painted the tea social gathering as racist within the early days of its emergence, Democrats at the moment are searching for to label all the Republican Get together as white supremacists. It’s the alternative of a powerful technique.
Republican strategist John Feehery advised The Washington Occasions final week that Democrats “look determined” by leveling that accusation towards Mr. Trump.
“They’re making these accusations as a result of they make their base comfortable and since they consider that, in need of impeachment, the one method they beat Trump is making him so poisonous that suburban voters gained’t vote for him,” Mr. Feehery mentioned. “I feel they’ve gone method overboard as a result of they aren’t simply attacking Trump; they’re attacking everyone who voted for him.”
Mr. Trump, for his half, has repeatedly declared that he abhors racism and mentioned final week that he’s “involved concerning the rise of any group of hate.”
“Whether or not it’s white supremacy, whether or not it’s some other type of supremacy. Whether or not it’s antifa,” he mentioned, referring to the far-left, “anti-fascist” motion. “Whether or not it’s any group of hate, I’m very involved about it. And I’ll do one thing about it.”
And he tweeted: “The Dems new weapon is definitely their outdated weapon, one which they by no means stop to make use of when they’re down, or run out of details, RACISM! They’re really disgusting! They even used it on Nancy Pelosi.”
With a dozen urgent points dealing with the nation, Democrats have determined that supposed white nationalism is the brand new Russia. In response to a 2018 Gallup ballot of prime points for voters, “white supremacy” didn’t seem in any respect. Well being care, the economic system and immigration prime the checklist of issues for voters, whereas the opposite two prime points being pushed by Democrats — local weather change and Russian collusion — got here in 11th and 12th.
However that gained’t cease the Democrats. As soon as once more, the goal is to divide Individuals, but additionally to tar all Republicans — who Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton famously referred to as “deplorables.”
How’d that work out for you?
• Joseph Curl lined the White Home and politics for a decade for The Washington Occasions. He will be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @josephcurl.
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