The left seems to think it has finally cornered President Donald Trump by calling him a racist out loud, on TV and in print.
It is evidence of how much momentum Democrats have lost after the collapse of their two-and-half-year narrative that Trump colluded with Russia and obstructed justice.
The fallout has been devastating for them and their media partners after the Mueller investigation found nothing to substantiate their claims.
Juan Williams in an article for The Hill on Tuesday, “Is the Resistance finally landing some punches on President Trump,” pondered whether Democrats are finally hitting the president where it hurts.
He cited a Fox News poll by Dana Blanton that found 59 per cent of voters believe Trump is “tearing the country apart,” including 53 percent of white voters. According to the poll 59 percent of independent voters also agree with this assessment, while 56 percent of voters disapprove of Trump.
He praised Democratic presidential candidates who have called the president a racist, as many as eight by the latest count.
He urged them to run a television ad rebuking Trump as a racist because it may penetrate the “far-right bubble.”
The New York Times has already made the transition to the new messaging strategy, based on the transcript of a leaked audio of Executive Editor Dean Baquet who told his staff in a town hall:
“I think that we’ve got to change. I mean, the vision for coverage for the next two years is what I talked about earlier: How do we cover a guy who makes these kinds of remarks? How do we cover the world’s reaction to him? How do we do that while continuing to cover his policies? How do we cover America, that’s become so divided by Donald Trump? How do we grapple with all the stuff you all are talking about? How do we write about race in a thoughtful way, something we haven’t done in a large way in a long time? That, to me, is the vision for coverage. You all are going to have to help us shape that vision. But I think that’s what we’re going to have to do for the rest of the next two years.”
This new pivot to racism is just a repackaged old narrative. Liberals have been calling Trump a white supremacist for years, accusing him of having a long history of racial discrimination. They did so after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017 when protesters clashed and James Alex Fields Jr. deliberately drove into a crowd of people, killing Heather Heyer. Trump condemned “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” to the their consternation. They also called him racist for feuding with kneeling NFL players.
Accusations of racism were central to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the presidency in 2016. In an internationally broadcast speech during a rally at Truckee Meadows Community College she accused Trump of being a darling of the ‘Alt-right’ and a soulmate of David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. She claimed the ‘Alt-right’ had effectively merged with Trump’s campaign.
She blamed him for fomenting “paranoia and prejudice” and condemned him for ushering hate groups into the mainstream.
Democrats erupted when he announced his candidacy in a 2015 speech, saying, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems… They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
They have called him a race baiting, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-woman degenerate who insults African Americans and Latinos.
These labels go as far back as 2011 when he questioned former president Barack Obama’s birth certificate and 2003 when he accused the five teens charged with raping a Central Park jogger of guilt.
Will swing voters who will decide the next election care about these labels? Will Democrats overplay their hand with their targets on Trump administration officials, donors and fundraisers for supporting and funding racist policies?
They are throwing around epithets to alienate suburban voters and women, hoping to derail Trump from winning another term. Voters are looking for hope and prosperity. If Democrats don’t find a way to deliver that message, 2020 could turn out to be a miserable year.