In an op-ed that Democrats should probably pay very close attention to, freelance writer Michael Smith said that even though he is no Trump supporter, the left-wing surge of the Democrats – and their repeated attempts to racially demonize anyone who would think of supporting the president – could easily drive him to cast a reluctant vote for Trump in the 2020 election. In a piece for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Kentucky writer said that policies like “open borders and the Green New Deal” were driving him away from the Democratic Party and into a decision he’d hoped not to make.
After setting the stage with a litany of complaints about Trump’s behavior, Smith chides the Democrats for failing to let the president’s words and actions speak for themselves.
“Instead,” he writes, “they’ve trafficked in hysteria and hyperbole, particularly in their response to the El Paso, Texas, shooting. Democrats fell over themselves to implicate the president’s rhetoric and policies. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pronounced Trump ‘directly responsible’ for the massacre. Imagine. Having never met the gunman, the freshman congresswoman looked into his heart and determined that he wouldn’t have killed if not for Trump.
“Is it any wonder the president’s defenders reacted?” Smith asks. “Not that they had to look far for material: Thirteen hours after the Texas shooting, a self-described anti-borders leftist and Elizabeth Warren supporter killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio. You can guess how many Democrats acknowledged parallels between their own rhetoric, some of which was echoed by the Dayton shooter, and the rhetoric they blamed for 22 deaths in El Paso.”
Oh, we don’t have to guess. It was ZERO.
But what we found most damning in Smith’s commentary is the very problem we’ve been mulling over for months now: What hope do Democrats have of winning over Trump voters when their entire message consists of telling Trump voters how racist and deplorable they are?
“For decades progressives have denounced America as hopelessly retrograde and racist. Naturally, they’re talking about everyone except themselves,” Smith notes. “The insult-them-until-they-join-our-side strategy has gained devotees since the mass shootings. While no fewer than five presidential candidates have called Trump a white supremacist, their fellow progressives are shedding their reluctance to say the same of his supporters.”
Some of whom, it should be noted, were also Obama supporters.
“The swing voters who will decide the next election won’t care whether Democrats rate Donald Trump a racist or a white nationalist or a white supremacist. With the left’s favorite epithet flying around the political sphere more freely than ever and the definition of racism facing possible expansion, they’ll want to know what Democrats think of them,” Smith concludes. “No one deliberately votes to be despised.”
The Democrats have indeed worked themselves into a corner of their own making. Distraught after the collapse of their Russian Conspiracy Theory, they’ve decided that the new frontier is Trump’s supposed white supremacy. Somehow they’ve missed the fact that this strategy was already tried…back in a year we like to call 2016. It backfired badly that time, and we have a pretty good feeling that it’s going to do so again.