Trump makes overtly racist appeal to White suburban voters

Trump on Wednesday shocked people across the political spectrum by making one of his most overtly racist appeals to date to White, suburban voters, saying in a tweet that they will no longer be “bothered” by low income housing in their suburbs.

The tweets come as polls show Trump’s reelection effort is failing in the suburbs, fueled by his failed response to the coronavirus pandemic, the ensuing recession, and Trump’s aggressive opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement, which polls show most suburban voters support.

Trump’s tweet refers to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, an Obama administration update to the 1968 civil rights legislation, the Fair Housing Act. The rule required local governments receiving federal funds for housing and development to account for biased practices and craft a plan to fix them.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced that it was replacing the fair housing rule with its own rule, one it dubbed “Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice.”

Recent research has shown that one of the most successful ways to help low-income families get good educations for their children and integrate into the middle class is by actively interspersing low-income housing throughout middle- and upper-middle-class neighborhoods.

Wednesday’s tweets mark an escalation in Trump’s ongoing effort to stoke fear in suburban voters that poor urban residents, who are overwhelmingly people of color, will move to their suburbs if low-income housing is permitted to be built in single-family home neighborhoods.

In an election year defined by a pandemic, a financial crisis, and a racial justice movement, Trump’s appeal to White suburban voters are a key part of his campaign strategy.

Trump’s line of attack has been condemned by Democrats and by some Republicans, who say it echoes racist appeals made to White voters during the Civil Rights era.

Not only is this strategy drawing condemnation from across the political spectrum, according to polls, it’s also failing.

A recent Fox News poll showed Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 11 points nationwide among suburban voters. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released July 19 revealed a similar spread, with Trump down 9 points in the suburbs to Biden.

Despite these poll numbers, Trump has so far rejected advice from campaign strategists who have urged him to expand his base of support by appealing to more moderate Republicans, especially women.

Instead, Trump has doubled down on racist and divisive messages, aiming them directly at the very women that surveys show are not receptive to overtly racial appeals.

Trump tells numerous lies at his notorious North Carolina rally

At his now notorious North Carolina rally (chants of “Send her home”) let’s not overlook the lies Trump also made. There were almost too many to count. Here are just a few.

Lie about crowd: “We haven’t had an empty seat in any event, I don’t believe, that we’ve ever been to. I don’t think, we’ve ever had — we’ve always had people — we haven’t had an empty seat.”

Fact: There were empty seats at this very rally. There have also been empty seats at other Trump events.

Lie about Pre-existing conditions: “Patients with preexisting conditions are protected by Republicans much more so than protected by Democrats who will never be able to pull it off.”

Fact: Democrats have already pulled it off: they installed protections for people with preexisting conditions in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Republicans, conversely, have repeatedly tried to weaken these protections.

Lie about The Wall: “Unemployment, among Hispanic Americans, where we’re doing really well. You know why? Because they want a strong border. They want it because they understand the border better than anybody. They want that strong border. They want that wall, that’s being built right now. They want that wall, and they really do. “

Fact: A majority of Hispanics oppose Trump’s proposed border wall, polls show.

At least 20 Trump lies were documented at his rally.

Trump lies about claims he tried to stop ‘Send her back!’ chants about Rep. Ilhan Omar

At a Trump campaign rally Wednesday, the crowd broke into an extended chant — “Send her back!” — about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Trump said he tried to stop the “Send her back!” chants by quickly resuming his speech. He didn’t. He stood there and waited out the crowd before starting to talk again. Video of the rally shows Trump standing passively onstage, watching the crowd. The chants die down on their own.

Trump then continues his attack. The crowd stops him again, chanting “send her back!” for 13 seconds. Trump stands onstage, waits for the chant to die down, then keeps talking about Omar.

You can see the short video here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/trump-allowed-send-her-back-chants-for-13-seconds/2019/07/18/c309689c-df2c-4549-9264-74037e5b9086_video.html

Trump lied again. And his lie is right there on video.