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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s latest disturbing comment, this time describing the 9-11 terror attacks vaguely and dismissively as “some people did something....”, provided fodder for the New York Times to get offended. Not offended by Omar’s comment, of course, but against Donald Trump and New York Post for tough responses.
White House reporter Maggie Haberman and Sheryl Gay Stolberg tried to artificially widen Trump’s Twitter attack on Omar’s 9-11 comments into an assault on all Muslims in America on Tuesday’s front page: “Trump Rekindles Campaign Threat Of Islamic peril.” The online headline was less fair: “In Attacking Ilhan Omar, Trump Revives His Familiar Refrain Against Muslims” (click “expand”):
President - Trump - Benefits - Muslims
President Trump has often seen the political benefits of stigmatizing Muslims.
Now, with 19 months until the 2020 election, Mr. Trump is seeking to rally his base by sounding that theme again. And this time, he has a specific target: Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
Mr - Trump - Success - Culture - Wars
Mr. Trump’s electoral success in 2016 was based partly on culture wars and the fears among an older, white voting base that the country it knew was slipping away. Like his hard line on immigration, his Muslim bashing proved polarizing among the wider electorate, but helped him keep a tight grip on his most enthusiastic voters. In the South Carolina Republican primary in February 2016, exit polls showed that 75 percent of voters favored his proposed Muslim ban.
He is betting the issue can deliver for him again. It is a strategy that will provoke criticism that he is playing on a xenophobic strain in American society, a point that Ms. Omar made in a statement Sunday evening.
Haberman - Stolberg - Geoff - Garin - Strategist
Haberman and Stolberg found “Geoff Garin, a veteran Democratic strategist” who conveniently predicted “that the use of such graphic images from one of the...
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