MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle told an inconvenient Truth on air. She pointed out something many people know, Trump uses racism and other hock factors to deflect from the news that would otherwise be in the forefront.
Stephanie Ruhle calls out Trump's bait and switch
It is clear that that Trump is using a race-baiting base strategy.
White House aides say that President Trump’s strategy for turning out his base in 2020 is rooted in playing to their anger about being “left behind” in an increasingly diversifying America. But it is not yet clear whether that approach will be enough to replicate the support the president needed to win in 2016.
The past few weeks have seen Trump caricature Baltimore, a predominantly black East Coast city that backed Hillary Clinton in 2016, as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess”; tell nonwhite American lawmakers who have criticized his presidency to “go back” where they came from; and play into stereotypes about black Americans in his response to the international jailing of a rapper.
While the president has been heavily criticized for these slights against black Americans, he has repeatedly doubled down on them, appearing more concerned about what his supporters think than the critics’ scorn. ...
Washington Post opinion writer Greg Sargent wrote about this after Vice President Pence and senior adviser Stephen Miller defended Trump’s “racist” attacks against four Democratic congresswomen of color as resonating with the president’s base. Sargent wrote: “In 2018, this argument did not work to the degree Republicans needed among white voters. Democrats won a large popular majority fueled in part by massive defections to them among suburban, college-educated whites, particularly women.”
And a recent CBS poll suggests that even voters from demographic groups Trump previously won are rejecting the racist ideology that the president is strongly leaning into as a political strategy.
A majority of white voters (52 percent) disagree with the attacks, and nearly half (49 percent) say they dislike them. Most (51 percent) white voters say they’re unpresidential, and more than four in 10 white voters say the tweets are racist.
Good job Stephanie Ruhle.