At The American Conservative, James P. Pinkerton explains how Nancy Pelosi, “the squad” and the Democrats in general may have just fallen into a trap. He writes (abridged):
So, which is it? Is Donald Trump a racist, as the House just declared in a resolution? Or did Trump just lure the Democrats into a political trap? The 2020 election could well hang on such questions.
On Tuesday night, the House voted 240-187—with four Republicans and an ex-Republican joining in—to declare that Trump’s Tweets attacking certain members of Congress were racist.
Team Trump doesn’t seem even abashed, to say nothing of abject. An unnamed Trump campaign adviser told The Washington Post that Trump’s tweets “yet again reinforced in the minds of many Americans that the Democratic Party is the party of AOC and Omar,” referring to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, who make up half of “The Squad,” alongside Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.
On the record, Newt Gingrich added of Trump vs. Squad, “He wants the Democratic Party to identify with them,” further describing Trump as “often inartful, but remarkably effective.”
Elaborating, Gingrich added, “Pelosi in a sense was trying to draw a line and say, ‘We are not them.’ After Trump’s tweet, she said, ‘Oh, we really are them.’” The former House speaker even went so far as to say, “It is useful to remember Trump doesn’t play tic-tac-toe. He plays chess.”
There’s more: On July 15, tech mogul Peter Thiel wondered allowed if Google had been so penetrated by the Chinese that the company’s actions were perhaps “treasonous.” Whereupon Trump tweeted that he would order an investigation. None dare call where that inquiry will end up.
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