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Republicans Hope to Sway Voters With Labels That Demonize Democrats

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Republicans Hope to Sway Voters With Labels That Demonize Democrats

The New York Times

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg

Feb. 17, 2019

 

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WASHINGTON — In the 116th Congress, if you're a Democrat, you're either a socialist, a baby killer or an anti-Semite.

 

That, at least, is what Republicans want voters to think, as they seek to demonize Democrats well in advance of the 2020 elections by painting them as left-wing crazies who will destroy the American economy, murder newborn babies and turn a blind eye to bigotry against Jews.

 

The unusually aggressive assault, which Republican officials and strategists outlined in interviews last week, is meant to strangle the new Democratic majority in its infancy. It was set in motion this month by President Trump, who used his State of the Union address to rail against "new calls to adopt socialism in our country" and mischaracterize legislation backed by Democrats in New York and Virginia as allowing "a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth."

 

Then last week, Republicans amped it up, seizing on a Twitter post by a freshman representative, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, which even some Democrats condemned as anti-Semitic, and ridiculing the "Green New Deal," an ambitious economic stimulus plan unveiled by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist. Suddenly even Jewish Democrats were abetting anti-Semitism and moderate Democrats in Republican districts were Trotskyites and Stalinists.

 

"Socialism is the greatest vulnerability by far that the House Democrats have," Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in an interview, adding that he had also instructed his team to spotlight "all the extreme wild ideas" that Democrats espouse, "on a daily basis, on an hourly basis if it's available."

 

House Republicans have identified 55 Democrats they regard as vulnerable, including many freshmen. Some flipped Republican seats last year, some represent districts carried by Mr. Trump in 2016, and some are in districts held by Republicans until recently. Bruised by their losses last year, Republicans are determined to start earlier and be more aggressive on the offense in 2020, and are hoping to exploit the Democratic presidential candidates' courtship of the left.

 

An advertising offensive is already underway. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee affiliated with House Republican leaders, began running digital ads last week that link two freshmen who flipped Republican districts, Representatives Colin Allred of Texas and Antonio Delgado of New York, to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and her "radical Green New Deal assault on the American economy."

 

The spots are the first in what will be a national campaign, according to Zach Hunter, a spokesman for the fund. The stark ads, featuring stern-looking images of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, offer a preview of how Republicans intend to vilify her in much the same way they have vilified Speaker Nancy Pelosi, caricaturing her as a radical from San Francisco.

 

Democrats see an insidious effort to use women and minorities, especially women of color, as the new symbols of the radical "other." And they are calling out Republicans as hypocrites, noting that Mr. Trump and other Republicans trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes and racist dog whistles long before anyone noticed Ms. Omar's Twitter feed.

 

"I guess they used that argument to its end, and so they have to find someone new," Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said in a brief interview. "And who else to use except folks like myself and other freshmen congresswomen? We're least like them in every way possible, so I think it's a potent symbol."

 

But Republicans like Mr. Emmer say they are simply repeating Democrats' own words, and they have been aided by Democratic stumbles. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez's team published an early draft of the Green New Deal — which has been backed by several top-tier Democratic presidential candidates — that contained phrases those candidates did not endorse, including a call for economic security for "all who are unable or unwilling to work." Ms. Ocasio-Cortez deleted the draft from her website, but Republicans took it and ran.

 

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grimreefer

:rolleyes:

 

"Republicans pounce"

 

:coffeenpc:

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Severian

Republicans hope to sway voters by telling the truth about them. As Alinsky said in his rules for radicals:

 

5. "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules."

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MontyPython

In the 116th Congress, if you're a Democrat, you're either a socialist, a baby killer or an anti-Semite.

 

That, at least, is what Republicans want voters to think, as they seek to demonize Democrats well in advance of the 2020 elections by painting them as left-wing crazies who will destroy the American economy, murder newborn babies and turn a blind eye to bigotry against Jews.

 

Yes...and...? What's wrong with telling the truth about Democrats?

 

:shrug:

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USNRETWIFE

This gun toting Bible clinging Deplorable says "So? What's wrong with that?"

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Dean Adam Smithee

It's a LOSING strategy. Pray to the almighty the republican'ts don't adopt this.

 

LOOK ME IN THE EYE if you're a Republican candidate: Don't tell me about the other guy's flaws. Believe me, I already know them. Tell me how YOU, personally, are going to make MY life better if I vote for you.

 

ANY Republican who can't enunciate this, clearly and specifically, doesn't deserve their job.

 

Is this too much to ask?

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Coach

It's a LOSING strategy. Pray to the almighty the republican'ts don't adopt this.

 

LOOK ME IN THE EYE if you're a Republican candidate: Don't tell me about the other guy's flaws. Believe me, I already know them. Tell me how YOU, personally, are going to make MY life better if I vote for you.

 

ANY Republican who can't enunciate this, clearly and specifically, doesn't deserve their job.

 

Is this too much to ask?

 

 

 

Good question. It is my sincere belief that a lot of those whose votes gave Nancy Pelosi the speakers gavel are ripe for voter remorse. The more the radical committee chairs use slash and burn tactics the better for us. The President got scant help from Paul Ryan and actual resistance from some Republican members of congress. Ryan is gone and Trumps team needs to recruit hard nosed allies to enter primaries against the weak sisters.

 

Ir's always good to attack the enemies weakest and most extreme members but not without offering sound and reasoned alternatives.

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Howsithangin

Rather gauling, after years of "racist, sexist, homophobe, transphobe, xenophobe, Nazi, fascist, let the elderly die on the vine, kill the poor, starve the babies, etc., etc."

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Howsithangin

That, at least, is what Republicans want voters to think, as they seek to demonize Democrats well in advance of the 2020 elections by painting them as left-wing crazies who will destroy the American economy, murder newborn babies and turn a blind eye to bigotry against Jews.

 

 

So precisely which of those accusations are false? :scratch:

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NH Populist

So precisely which of those accusations are false? :scratch:

 

Exactly! This should be a slam dunk for Republicans, it's not like they're making any of this up. And it's not like the DNC or whoever, isn't handing out the daily talking points to their cadre of talking head on the Left as well. And finally, haven't the Left's lap dogs n the media been hammering away at Trump 24/7 for the last 2 years?!

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zurg

It's a LOSING strategy. Pray to the almighty the republican'ts don't adopt this.

 

LOOK ME IN THE EYE if you're a Republican candidate: Don't tell me about the other guy's flaws. Believe me, I already know them. Tell me how YOU, personally, are going to make MY life better if I vote for you.

 

ANY Republican who can't enunciate this, clearly and specifically, doesn't deserve their job.

 

Is this too much to ask?

As the ONLY strategy? Yes, you’re correct.

 

As a side tactic? Might as well tell the voters the truth, not to dwell on it, but before the enemy gets a chance to lie their asses off.

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gravelrash

So precisely which of those accusations are false? :scratch:

 

That they turn a blind eye to anti-Semitism. They give a wink and a nudge while signing the check.

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BerkeleyUnderground

I think Donald Trump has a wonderful record of working his butt off for Americans and I also think that he's very capable of explaining this to people who don't have their minds already closed to their own prejudices.

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Joe the Pagan

When your fellow Americans become your enemies because you happen to disagree with them, some people take that kind of tribalism to dangerous extremes.

 

 

How about your side stop first.

 

 

Rap Sheet: ***639*** Acts of Media-Approved Violence and Harassment Against Trump Supporters

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That_Guy

Rap Sheet: ***639*** Acts of Media-Approved Violence and Harassment Against Trump Supporters

 

Throwing chocolate milk at college Republicans? Really?

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Howsithangin

When your fellow Americans become your enemies because you happen to disagree with them, some people take that kind of tribalism to dangerous extremes.

Pot, meet kettle.

 

Would you like the laundry list of hundreds of violent actions from The Left towards Trump voters and GOP members in the past couple of years?

 

But you know this already, troll.

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SARGE

Throwing chocolate milk at college Republicans? Really?

 

Really, Jussie?

 

Throwing bleach on yourself is O.K.?

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Joe the Pagan

Throwing chocolate milk at college Republicans? Really?

 

I see you got as far as #3 and lost interest.

 

How about this.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWIMt9JxugQ

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stick

When your fellow Americans become your enemies because you happen to disagree with them, some people take that kind of tribalism to dangerous extremes.

 

Does that go for the Jussie Smolletts of the world, too?

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Italian Biker

When your fellow Americans become your enemies because you happen to disagree with them, some people take that kind of tribalism to dangerous extremes.

You're correct, these people who act like this call themselves antifa, but are in fact the facists they claim to fight against.

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MontyPython

When your fellow Americans become your enemies because you happen to disagree with them, some people take that kind of tribalism to dangerous extremes.

 

Oh brother. Standard BS, T_G.

 

Yes, those are both egregious examples. Meanwhile, your "side" lies in the MSM every single day. They support racists like BLM, CBC, Maxine Waters, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, etc every single day. They support shameless liars and hypocrites like Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, etc, every single day. They support violent fascists like antifa every single day. They jump on innocent people like the Covington kids every single day. They jump in support of racist liars like Jussie Smollett every single day. They still pretend a violent thug like Trayvon was "stalked" and "murdered" while just "walking home" by a "racist" despite the court case proving those were ALL lies, every single day. They still lie that Trump is a "racist" and a "sexist" and a "homophobe" and an "antisemite" etc etc etc every single day, despite the fact that none of that crap is true...

 

...and on and on and on...

 

Yes, you can dig up a couple of examples. Meanwhile the political left prove themselves shameless liars/idiots/hypocrites/treasonous bastards every damn day.

 

Go F youself, leftist.

 

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JerryL

Oh brother. Standard BS, T_G.

 

Yes, those are both egregious examples. Meanwhile, your "side" lies in the MSM every single day. They support racists like BLM, CBC, Maxine Waters, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, etc every single day. They support shameless liars and hypocrites like Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, etc, every single day. They support violent fascists like antifa every single day. They jump on innocent people like the Covington kids every single day. They jump in support of racist liars like Jussie Smollett every single day. They still pretend a violent thug like Trayvon was "stalked" and "murdered" while just "walking home" by a "racist" despite the court case proving those were ALL lies, every single day. They still lie that Trump is a "racist" and a "sexist" and a "homophobe" and an "antisemite" etc etc etc every single day, despite the fact that none of that crap is true...

 

...and on and on and on...

 

Yes, you can dig up a couple of examples. Meanwhile the political left prove themselves shameless liars/idiots/hypocrites/treasonous bastards every damn day.

 

Go F youself, leftist.

 

<_<

Exactly. The search for an applicable “what about” to try and cancel out the daily vile vitriol of the modern left is all that two of our TDS leftists have.

 

Well that and the torn and dog-eared race card.

 

Willfully ignorant hypocrites.

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Rock N' Roll Right Winger

Oh brother. Standard BS, T_G.

 

Yes, those are both egregious examples. Meanwhile, your "side" lies in the MSM every single day. They support racists like BLM, CBC, Maxine Waters, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, etc every single day. They support shameless liars and hypocrites like Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, etc, every single day. They support violent fascists like antifa every single day. They jump on innocent people like the Covington kids every single day. They jump in support of racist liars like Jussie Smollett every single day. They still pretend a violent thug like Trayvon was "stalked" and "murdered" while just "walking home" by a "racist" despite the court case proving those were ALL lies, every single day. They still lie that Trump is a "racist" and a "sexist" and a "homophobe" and an "antisemite" etc etc etc every single day, despite the fact that none of that crap is true...

 

...and on and on and on...

 

Yes, you can dig up a couple of examples. Meanwhile the political left prove themselves shameless liars/idiots/hypocrites/treasonous bastards every damn day.

 

Go F youself, leftist.

 

<_<

 

:high5:

 

And people forget about all of the attacks that were made against ordinary Americans by the Obamunist and his alphabet agency thugs?

 

The IRS going after conservatives, churches, former and active military people, etc?

The feds going after conservative owned businesses such as Gibson USA?

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pseudotexan

When your fellow Americans become your enemies because you happen to disagree with them, some people take that kind of tribalism to dangerous extremes.

.....and if you don’t agree we will continue to harass and refuse service to those wearing MAGA hats, disrupt conservative speakers or sick ANTIFA on you! Those ANTFA cuddly puppies really know how to peacefully disagree without violence.

Love

the peaceful and tolerant(of our own ideas) liberals

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