In their continued effort to rile up their base with hatred and bigotry, two Republican Senate candidates took to twitter to paint poor Central American asylum seekers as an organized military invasion. Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee called them an “invading force”:
There is a right way and a wrong way to come to the United States. You don’t come as an invading force and that is what we are seeing with this caravan.
Watch more from @foxandfriends this morning with @SteveDoocy 📺 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/KM2DwgqG1W
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) October 26, 2018
And Mike Braun from Indiana referred to them as an “armada”:
The brazen armada barreling toward our border must be stopped. @SenDonnelly says he'll be tough on immigration, but where are the results? As Senator, I'll crack down on illegal immigration and work with President Trump to secure our border once & for all. #INSen #IBackBraun pic.twitter.com/UDdsBCJyBy
— Mike Braun (@braun4indiana) October 26, 2018
Make no mistake, they are doing this on purpose. They are trying to get their supporters to fear these asylum seekers by referring to them with terms that are usually used to describe an opposing military force. This is so blatantly false and ridiculous even Fox News ran an article countering this narrative:
Instead of playing politics with people’s lives and sending out angry tweets, President Trump should be in the business of saving people’s lives and should stop treating immigrants like a dangerous enemy force invading our country.
Despite the president’s tweetstorm Thursday, the roughly 4,000 men, women and children from Honduras fleeing violence and poverty who want to travel through Mexico toward the U.S. do not pose a threat.
Like generations of immigrants and refugees before them, these immigrants are seeking better, safer lives in America – as President Trump’s paternal grandparents, his mother and two of his wives did when they immigrated to the United States.
And contrary to the president’s campaign rhetoric, the immigrants coming here now are not members of an army of drug dealers, rapists and other criminals.
Republicans know that most Americans disagree with Republican policies. So, they turn to fear and bigotry and hatred to try to win votes.
The reason why Republicans have to resort to lies and hatred to support their campaigns is because their political policies are not supported by either Democrats, Independents, or even Moderate Republicans, and they know it.
Recent polls on questions such as whether or not corporations should be taxed more or less, or whether or not the wealthy should be taxed more or less, show that the Republican policy of taxing each less is only supported by a slim margin of Conservative Republicans. Democrats and Moderates from both parties think the rich and corporations should be taxed more, which is in direct opposition to the main legislative policy that was enacted by the Republican Congress and White House over the last two years, the 2017 Tax Cut:
This shrinking nature of the Republican base comes into even more full view when looking at issues which are supported by Democratic politicians and opposed by Republican politicians. Whether it be universal health care, or a path to citizenship for Dreamers, or stricter gun laws, or boosting teacher pay, or raising the minimum wage, or investing in infrastructure, or expanding renewable energy, or protecting the environment, or expanding social security, or protecting unions, a large plurality of voters, even pluralities of Republican voters, support these policies. The only people who oppose these policies are Republican politicians and a shrinking minority of Republican voters.
Republican politicians are also well aware that their policies are unpopular with both the public at large and with moderate voters from within their own party. An internal memo from the Republican National Committee that was obtained by Bloomberg revealed their awareness of how a disconnect has grown between the party platform and moderate voters from within their party:
Another is that the issues soft Republicans care about most are ones involving government spending and are typically associated with Democrats. The survey found that increasing funding for veterans’ mental health services, strengthening and preserving Medicare and Social Security, and reforming the student loan system all scored higher than Trump’s favored subjects of tax cuts, border security, and preserving the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Faced with the unpopularity of their own policies, the prudent thing for a political party to do would be to start changing their policies. The Republican party has instead chosen to try to distract from their policies by both lying about them, and by trying to rile up hatred against Democrats or factions of society they can use as a scapegoat, such as immigrants or Muslims.
Why would they do this? It appears that the Republican party just has no interest anymore in good government. They do not want to put forth policies that are supported by the public, or even their own voters, because they simply don’t care what the public, or even their own voters, wants. And in acting this way, the Republican party has been increasingly turning its back on any semblance of representative government, of politicians working for the citizens first, of equality, and of liberty. They are effectively becoming the tyranny that the concept of republicanism was created to fight. They are no longer conservative. They are no longer democratic. They are no longer even republican. They are instead a ruling class presiding over a suppressed majority.