I’ve had the luxury of some unplanned downtime for the last couple of days, forcing me to read more than I can write. It’s prevented me from chiming in much about the “racist” Tweet the President posted yesterday in which he called on “The Squad” – Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib – to go back to their countries of origin and fix them, then report back on what worked.
Most conservative commentaries I’ve read on the subject have either been a defense of the President’s frustration, one shared by many, or a reminder that he ruined a wonderful moment for Republicans by diffusing the brewing Democratic civil war before it could really get started. One of our writers made that claim yesterday.
But here’s the real state of affairs. Unifying the Democrats is not a bad thing at this stage in the game. As we learned from an Axios poll, we don’t want less of “The Squad” attached to the Democratic Party. We want them to be the beloved representatives that Democrats turn to for guidance. Being the most radical progressives in a caucus that is lurching to the left right in front of our eyes makes them ideal as foils to proper conservatism.
In other words, we want Democrats unified because we want the entire party associated with AOC and her cronies.
For the record, I see Trump’s Tweet as not directly racist in its context. Rather, it’s something that a racist would say. Some might say there’s no difference, but blatant racism versus irresponsible use of language to voice frustrations are not the same thing. That’s not to defend the President; from a standpoint of representing America as strong, compassionate, and always holding the high ground, this Tweet does not behoove us to be on the President’s timeline. But from a political perspective, it was gold for the GOP even if most don’t even realize it.
The people who thought Trump was a racist before now have another reason to believe it. There may be a small number of people who didn’t think he was a racist before and now do, but most believe his sentient was simply a poorly worded expression of angst towards the anti-Americanism put on display regularly by these four Congresswomen.
I’m not defending the President, nor am I suggesting this was his goal all along. I’ve given up on determining whether the President is lucky or smart. It hasn’t really mattered so far. Whatever is driving his moments of unexpected political brilliance, such as refocusing the Democrats to unify against him, is less relevant than the fact that it keeps happening.
Trump has caused a distraction in the Democratic civil war, making it easier to tie Democrats as a whole to the radical ideologies espoused by “The Squad.” As long as AOC, Ilhan, Tlaib, and Pressley represent the Democrats, they all look ridiculous.
Update: A friend sent me a link noting I’m not the only one thinking this. Foolish of me to only check commentaries on conservative sites. Apparently, Jonathan Allen at NBC News saw what I saw.
It doesn’t require anyone else to explain Trump’s thinking. He provided a road map after receiving a cascade of criticism from Democrats and independent commentators.
“So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, ‘RACIST,'” Trump tweeted Sunday night.
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