House Democrats passed a resolution condemning Trump’s racist attack on four minority Congresswomen known as the squad. Several Democrats rose to speak on the House floor about the resolution, including civil rights icon John Lewis, Democrat from Georgia who was almost killed protesting in Alabama in the 60s. Only four Republicans voted with the Democrats, while most in the GOP sided with Trump’s racism.
Trump’s core supporters love it when Trump says something racist, but many in the Republican party are tired of his divisive and bigoted rhetoric. Cable news and social media continue to carry stories of Republicans who are saying that they won’t support Trump in 2020.
The “go back to where you came from” episode was a glimpse of things to come. It’s clear that Trump wants Democrats to be talking about race, which he believes is a losing issue, while he will be talking about the great economy–and demonizing Democrats as evil communists who are the most dangerous, horrible people who have ever lived. He’s betting that there are enough racists and lunatics in America to re-elect him again, and he could be right. But Democrats can talk about race and equality and opportunity and health security at the same time–these things are not mutually exclusive. There is plenty of room to talk policy and ideals while also condemning Trump and making the 2020 election a referendum on Trump. Here’s an excerpt from a great article by Heather Digby Parton in Slate about the Trump “strategy”:
This escalation of bigotry is no coincidence. I’m not saying that Trump sat down and strategized all this. He doesn’t do that. But he has a well-honed feral instinct about the ugly underbelly of American life and he knows how to make it work for him…Democrats can argue among themselves about ideology over the next year or so if they wish. But essentially, that’s what the 2020 election is going to be about whether they like it or not. Trump welcomes it because he believes that most Americans are as racist as he is and that he will be rewarded for this indecency with a second term.
Here’s the link:
Trump’s recent tweets and comments to reporters are as disgusting as they are divisive. We can’t tolerate four more years of his hatred and incompetence, so start figuring out how to help register and motivate voters, especially in swing states. We have a year to tip the scales away from the white nationalists and faux Christians toward greater equality and inclusion and opportunity.
Keep resisting and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”