Many Democrats believe Republicans are generally racist. Even those who don’t like to insert racism as a stereotype would probably acknowledge they believe a higher percentage of Republicans are racist than Democrats. Independents likely think the same thing. Heck, even some Republicans may believe it.
The reality is racism has nothing to do with political party and everything to do with personal ideology. But that reality is muted by the thunderous chants of “send her back” as heard tonight at President Trump’s rally in Greenville, NC. This makes the party seem racist, and there are plenty of people who might otherwise associate with or vote for Republicans but won’t because of the racist perception.
Trump supporters chanted "send her back" and "traitor" after the president renewed his attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar and the Democratic "squad" of freshman congresswomen. https://t.co/V8Kfny0xdd
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) July 18, 2019
There’s a big difference between “send her back” and the President’s Tweet that included the words, “Why don’t they go back and help fix..” The President improperly expressed his frustration towards “The Squad.” The chant at his rally is racist.
Ilhan Omar is a United States citizen. She may have challenges, as evidence seems to indicate, and may very well be in real trouble if more is revealed about her second marriage if it turns out she committed fraud. But until that is proven in a court of law, she is a United States citizen. We do not send back United States citizens without legal cause. As of now, there is none. This is why the chant is far more damaging to the President’s reelection hopes than anything he Tweeted himself.
Challenge Ilhan Omar over her terrible policy proposals. Chide her for her anti-American and anti-Semitic positions. Call her out for her lies. But do NOT turn this into a race issue. That’s exactly what she wants. Her victim card is big and she’s not afraid to use it.
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