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Sun Jul 21, 2019, 12:46 PM

How Democrats Defeat Donald Trump

'Stop talking so much about the America that heís destroying. Save your breath for the America you want to create.

Surprise, surprise: Donald Trump has no bottom. Just when you think he has sunk as low as he can, he stages a rally like that atrocity in North Carolina on Wednesday night and sinks lower. But the key takeaway isnít that heís a demagogue or a racist: These were facts put into evidence long ago. Itís that Democrats canít afford to take unnecessary risks, dream deferrable dreams and engage in avoidable distractions as they set about the urgent work of defeating him. The 2020 election isnít about getting everything that Democrats want and that Americans deserve. Itís about getting rid of Trump, because the price of not doing so could be this nationís very soul.

The Democratic Party and the Democratic candidates for president need to be smarter, more realistic and more disciplined than they are now. Enough with internal feuding. Enough with taking the presidentís bait and bumbling into his traps. If he sets the terms of the political discussion, he wins.

He wants to spend the 15 months between now and Election Day talking about ďthe squadĒ: Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. Democrats mustnít follow suit. Absolutely they should defend the four congresswomen, and make clear that they are every bit as American as Trump is. In taking issue with his leadership and finding fault with our country, theyíre exercising and honoring our most dearly held rights, which the president is trampling on.

So say that once, loud and clear. Maybe say it twice. Then move on. Trump wants to define all Democrats in terms of the squad, when theyíre but a part of a diverse party and hardly its ideological proxies. So donít let him. Donít let all the other issues get muscled off the stage. If everyoneís talking about Omar, no oneís talking about health care or jobs: the stuff that actually turns elections and will turn this one. If Trump has his way, this campaign will be a bogus referendum on a bastard definition of patriotism. It will be a race-obsessed and racist jubilee. Donít play along.'>>>

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/20/opinion/sunday/trump-squad-democrats-2020.html

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 12:51 PM

1. Call him out and then move on to the issues. Don't let Trump define the rules.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 12:55 PM

2. t-rump is pure evil.

Majority of Americans know that. EC is what t-rump is banking on.

The Republican party have been stealing the presidency for sometime now. We need to vote in huge numbers, especially in the EC states. Although I'm pretty sure they will do their best in flipping the machines.

For so called "God" fearing people, Republicans align themselves with the devil.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 01:10 PM

3. hey nyt- when you gonna pitch in?

not giving them the click to see who wrote this. but gimme a break.
if this is from the editorial board, i would like to suggest an intervention.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 01:19 PM

4. Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni has been with The Times since 1995 and held a variety of jobs ó including White House reporter, Rome bureau chief and chief restaurant critic ó before becoming a columnist in 2011. He is the author of three best-selling books.

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