Trump's Weekend Tweets — More Racist Madness or a Hijacking of the Dem Narrative?

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So what can be said for Trump's weekend tweets regarding the Dems' Progressive firebrands? A few thoughts:


First, the Dems and Media have immediately thrown "racist" at Trump again. Does it mean anymore in this iteration than in the past? When you believe all he does is driven by racism, what incrementsl value comes from yet another such charge? Particularly when millions of Americans agree with him to some extent (more on that below). 


Second, how do these tweets manipulate the reporting of same? Simple, by not naming the specific "congresswomen", he has left a blank space _________ which is forcing the Media to insert the names of who they think he means. Forcing them to make a judgement and give their readers and viewers information about two or more congresswomen. 


Third, if the Media wants to cover this, Trump's wording forces them to report why Trump might be singling them out for attention. Will this inform people as much about his tweets as about his alleged targets? Maybe. 


Need an example of the above? How about this "analysis" from CNN? 

Trump's most openly racist rhetoric yet is not at all surprising

Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN
....In an attack clearly aimed at four minority Democratic lawmakers -- the President did not name the "progressives" in his tirade --


Collinson, in his title, calls Trump's comments racist and then admits that the invocation of that term has lost its meaning. Then, Collinson makes an assumption as to whom Trump is referring, superimposing "clearly aimed at" to provide him with something to be outraged about. The rest of Collinson's piece has nothing to do with any actual "analysis" and is instead a slobbering anti-Trump screed that could have been written anytime in the past three years, just needing to change the trigger event for the outrage. Many pieces like that appeared on Sunday. 


Fourth, so why would Trump toss himself into the middle of the emerging civil war between Pelosi and House Dems and AOC, Omar, Talib, etc? Well, for one thing, Trump is forcing Pelosi et al, to come to the defense of "The Squad" whom Pelosi just took to the woodshed last week. The Establishment Dems, trying to convince Americans that the Dem Party is more moderate, have been critical of The Squad as well as AOC's chief of staff. Now, in another iteration of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend", Trump has forced those Establishment Dems back into the corner with the progressives they are trying to avoid association with. It is rhetorical jujitsu. 


Further, this new found "unity", which the liberal Media will spin as a good thing, is simply a mirage of a truce, which some with a near-term expiration date. Pelosi was trying to act strong coming out of the caucus meeting, trying to wrench back control of the adrift SS House Dems, and she thought they had. Yet one string of tweets by Trump, reflecting what millions of Americans think, has shown Nancy has no real independence nor control and that she must placate The Squad, or else....


Fifth, is this pandering to his base? Well, if you were to ignore the above (intended) consequence, then yes. That is, while you might not like his tone, thinking it might sound ugly, Trump’s tweets echo a sentiment that a good majority of Americans strongly support. Although they might not admit to it outside their circle of close friends - we see it here on SOL every day. That includes an SOLer yesterday attacking Trump by quoting a part of his tweets and making a conclusion which was partly nullified by a latter part of the same tweet stream. 


Sixth, in a re-election year, Trump knows to whom he must appeal to win re-election, especially in swing states. He also knows that the Establishment Dems must distance themselves from both the "socialist" label as well as their most polarizing firebrands, to win the same voters.


Mike Allen reports at Axios:

Exclusive poll: AOC defining Dems in swing states

Mike Allen 16 hours ago


Top Democrats are circulating a poll showing that one of the House's most progressive members — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — has become a definitional face for the party with a crucial group of swing voters. 


Why it matters: These Democrats are sounding the alarm that swing voters know and dislike socialism, warning it could cost them the House and the presidency. The poll is making the rounds of some of the most influential Democrats in America. 


  • "If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk," said a top Democrat who is involved in 2020 congressional races. "....she's getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races."


The poll — taken in May, before Speaker Pelosi's latest run-in with AOC and the three other liberal House freshmen known as "The Squad" — included 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education.


  • These are the "white, non-college voters" who embraced Donald Trump in 2016 but are needed by Democrats in swing House districts.

  • The group that took the poll shared the results with Axios on the condition that it not be named, because the group has to work with all parts of the party. 


The findings:


  • Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view. 

  • Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view. 


Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.


  • Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.

  • "Socialism is toxic to these voters," said the top Democrat.


Between the lines: Dems are performing better with these voters than in 2016 (although still not as well as in 2018). So party leaders will continue to try to define themselves around more mainstream members.


If it is not clear, this is polling data commissioned by Democrats for Democrats. My sense it was leaked to Axios by Establishment Dems for all the obvious reasons.  


Also, if it is not clear, those here who poopoo'd AOC as the new face of the Dem Party a year ago got it about as wrong as they could. You know who you are. 


Back to Trump, whether by his own polling, his reading of public polls or just his sense of the mood of voters, he understands the above. His tweets, however sour they sound with just a cursory reading, are designed to do many things. 


And before members of  SOL's Team Genius come along and mocks this with some crack about 3D chess, Glenn Reynolds points out that it is not even that complex: 


This is barely even 2D chess. Trump is pointing out that these “it” girls are ungrateful asses who don’t like America. By not naming them, he’s forcing their defenders, and his critics, to admit that they’re ungrateful asses who don’t like America before they can even talk about the issue. This isn’t hard. But if you want more, there’s this way of putting it: All the Democrats have to do is not be crazy, and Trump’s making it impossible for them to do that.


I expect the most TDS driven SOLer to put up something about this later this morning, just as soon as he gets to work.  


ETA: And I expect a certain dude to snark about another edition of the AOC thread du noir series, so be it. 


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It is 9:30am in France, six hours ahead of the US east coast. I posted the above ~1 hour ago and there have been 61 page views - by whom?


Are these all bots? 

US Insomniacs or very early risers? 

Actual readers in Europe or Asia? 


Just curious 

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I worked with a Black guy and we would have political discussions and when he was loosing he 

would always play the Black Card. AOC is setting herself up to run for POTUS.

Stay tuned. Trump was trying to help out Pelosi but he should have stayed out of the fray. 


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Of course alluding to people of color and telling them to go back to the ****hole countries they originally came from isn't racist. It is calling the US a ****hole because that is where they are from. Nice to know what Trump thinks of his country.

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Not racist at all. 


Sometimes advise or feedback comes off as insensitive or offensive to those on the receiving end. 


That's all it is.

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50 mins ago, Gamakatsu said:

Just whooping up his base. Playing the race game is sport for them. 

What was racist in his comments? Did he mention color or ethnicity? Strictly speaking and not how people “feel” about the tweets. 

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49 mins ago, Gamakatsu said:

Behavior unbecoming for the President of the United States of America and his base goes out of his way to defend it. What has become of the Republican party?

I couldn't tell you, since I detached from the party in 2008. 

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41 mins ago, Gamakatsu said:

Of course alluding to people of color and telling them to go back to the ****hole countries they originally came from isn't racist. It is calling the US a ****hole because that is where they are from. Nice to know what Trump thinks of his country.

Reread the tweet, he never tells him to go back to “countries”, does he? 



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