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Fri Feb 7, 2020, 08:06 AM

The Week for Our Federal Republic And what Democrats need to do.

...The last 72 hours have been a huge wake-up call for Democrats. Trump’s State of the Union address, despite the egregious lies was a strong speech not only for his base but also for some African Americans and Latino voters. His addressed fundamentally managed the politics of race. It was a trade-off between African Americans and Latino voters. He mentioned the proposed legislation regarding sanctuaries cities, H.R.516 – Ending Sanctuary Cities Act of 2019 even though published by the libertarian Cato Institute found that native-born residents were much more likely to be convicted of a crime than immigrants in the country were legally or illegally.

This was a warning to Democrats.

Emotionally, African Americans and Latinos make not like his behavior and rhetoric but its showcase of African Americans and Latinos and his mention of school choice, HBCUs, opportunity zones, criminal justice reform, the strong economy, and low unemployment rates are enough to increase his percentage points for some African Americans. Even as Trump awarded Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as he filled hours of airtime each week with hateful commentary directed at African Americans, Asian Americans, women, people with disabilities and pretty much anyone who is not white, straight and male?

If Trump can chip away three or five points of the black vote, it is far more important than three or five of the Hispanic vote in terms of the Electoral College. If Trump wins five percent more of the black vote than he did in 2016, it would be enough to win the Electoral College again. Americans who do not like Trump cannot solely focus on the popular vote. It is also about the Electoral College....


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