Thursday, July 18, 2019

Taking The Bait

There is no doubt that President Trump's tweets targeted at Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley were racist.  Our president is a racist.  We knew that from the moment Mr. Trump insisted that President Obama was not born in the United States. 

The recent controversial tweets had two purposes.  The first was to distract the country from the President's sidelining the census question on whether the individual is a US citizen.  The second was to create just the controversy we have now in order to revive his base's anti-immigrant fervor.   This is the beginning of the re-election campaign.  And so far it is going well for the President.  The media is full of comments from all sides on whether the President is racist.  Misogyny and racism were frequent topics during the last election.  Rather than focus on issues, the media distracted us by reporting every outrageous act and statement muttered by candidate Trump.  The media gave a significant assist to Mr. Trump's election.  

Now we have several distractions because the Democrats took the tweet bait.  Rather than focusing on the candidates, issues and proposed plans once again we are focused on the President's hatred.  And the targeted Congresswomen are now reduced to being "The Squad" further reducing their credibility. 

Speaker Pelosi has attempted to steer Congress away from impeachment talk because she knows that focusing on the President's failings, if not crimes, at this point in time will distract the nation from serious consideration of the candidates.  The strategy worked in the last election.  The Congresswomen are patriots, no doubt.  They speak truth to power and they bring a much-needed perspective to the debate.  But the response was neither wise nor helpful.  The Congressional resolution spoke enough.  The individual voices of the new Congresswomen provided nothing but new fodder for a hateful man looking to create the "other" for his base.  

Learning not to react is a valuable political tool.  

Margaret Drew | Permalink


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