‘Racist,’ ‘Socialist,’ name-calling rather than issues?

Fox News is reporting that Xochitl Hinojosa, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, declared Wednesday that Republicans have criticized the party’s policies as “socialism” because they cannot win on the issues.

Are Donald Trump voters racists? Nearly half of Democrats think so, according to a Rasmussen survey. (C-SPAN snip)

This comes in the wake of a Rasmussen survey that revealed about half of respondents identifying as Democrats think Donald Trump supporters are racists. According to Rasmussen, 49 percent of Democrats responding to this statement, “Vote for Donald Trump, and you are a racist,” answered affirmatively.

That puts Democrats at odds with most other likely voters. Only 13 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of independents concurred with the statement, in a survey taken July 29-30.

According to Politico, the president seems to take racism accusations in stride, telling a C-Span reporter, “Everybody’s called a racist now. The word is so overused, it’s such a disgrace. I’m the least racist person there is in the world, as far as I’m concerned.”
But what does this suggest about Hinojosa’s complaint?

Rasmussen Reports noted, “Most voters in nearly every demographic category say Trump voters are not racist.”

Apparently, resorting to name-calling and labeling is not confined to one party. And an axiom in politics says that when “the other side” runs out of arguments, they start name-calling.

A new Quinnipiac poll shows that American voters by a margin of 51-45 percent think President Trump is racist. Among white voters, according to Quinnipiac, 46 percent say he is racist and 50 percent say he is not. Among black voters, 80 percent think he is racist while 11 percent don’t, and among Hispanics, the margin is 55-44 percent.

But what about the issues? The economy seems fairly strong, unemployment is down, but the Fed just cut interest rates as a hedge “not against what’s wrong with the economy now, but what could go wrong in the future,” CNBC noted.

Health care? Democrats have accused Republicans of wanting to take away people’s health care, according to the Fox News story.

Crime? Gun control is again in the spotlight following the mass shooting at a California food festival in Gilroy, with Democrats calling for more gun control while pushing their favorite proposals for so-called “universal background checks” and bans on so-called “assault rifles.” However, the alleged shooter, who was killed by police gunfire, legally purchased the rifle he used in Nevada, so he cleared a background check. He then brought the gun into California illegally, entered a designated “gun-free zone” by cutting through a fence and bypassing security, and opened fire on unarmed people.

The alleged shooter violated several existing laws, all pushed through by California Democrats, as preventive measures against gun-related violent crime.

This is the sort of debate that will fill the airwaves and social media for at least the next 16 months, leading up to the November 2020 elections.

Perhaps it is not so much that politicians aren’t’ discussing the issues, it’s just that they may be too stubborn to meet anywhere in the middle.


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