It has been pointed out that President Trump’s attack on four Democratic congresswomen may have been calculated for political reasons. That is, Mr. Trump may have hoped outrage over his tweet would show his base that moderate Democrats have more in common with their party’s radicals than they would like voters to think.

If that was the president’s goal, it worked, to a point. But it also masked the more telling story. For those old enough to remember, back in the 60’s, the more radical Democrats used similar language as today to excoriate their party leaders. Thus, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s charge that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has attacked “newly elected women of color” is so old it’s new. The remaining question: Was this a veiled accusation of Mrs. Pelosi as a “racist”?

Not to be outdone, AOC’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, took Native American Rep. Sharice Davids to task for not voting on a bill exactly as the progressive element desired. This left the rank-and-file in the House Democratic caucus wondering, “Who is this guy and why is he explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color?”

Thus, the notion that Democrats speak as one, radicals like the relatively moderate, may be true on some issues, but these recent brickbats suggest there’s a coming schism — that is, if all party members can’t vote their consciences but instead must tow the Progressive line.

We Americans have a long tradition of facing up to our disagreements, of hashing them out rather than attempting to make them go away. But to say the president alone is guilty of not doing so is wrong. True, Mr. Trump did falsely contend that the four women at whom he lashed out — Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. — “came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe ...” Only Ms. Omar, hailing from Somalia, is not native-born.

What’s more, advising the four to leave the United States and go clean their own nation’s messes was not just factually wrong, but wrong, period. Far better would the president have been to roundly rip his chosen four for their attacks on our government and our society, and, most of all, for their hare-brained schemes like the “Green New Deal.”

No need to get personal. Just fight on the battlefield of ideas.

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Spock Here

Compare the words, tone, and spirit of any previous POTUS with the abhorrent, divisive, and hate-filled language spewed by this guy. His plan is to run on racial hate. Will he succeed?

Rattler

I may not believe everything president trump says, but these four deserved to be called out. All of them have used hate speech, racist speech, but only Trump gets blamed. Im not a cultist and have said many times about people no matter skin color, religion,ethnicity, etc. that if you dont like AMERICA, go to your ethnic country and see what oppression really is. Legislate not investigate. I would love to see what would happen if BOTH parties got over themselves and actually worked together. Hmmmmmm

MrJgyPhly

So, true Rattler. Buddy of mine—Canadian originally—complained about the state of affairs here, and I told him the same thing. Came back six months later riddled with beaver bites. “Wouldn’t have happened here!” I says to him. Dont even get me started on these socialist countries that don’t even let their citizens use comment sections on nationally recognized local newspaper sites. My granddaddy didn’t fight so we couldn’t express ourselves on the most influential of mediums.

Valerie78

"Far better would the president have been to roundly rip his chosen four for their attacks on our government and our society, and, most of all, for their hare-brained schemes like the “Green New Deal.” No need to get personal. Just fight on the battlefield of ideas." and this is where your average trump supporter should realize, the emperor has no clothes. trump gets personal and lies to get ahead, stokes fear and racism and pits americans against 'the other' for one reason only...trump has no ammo to bring to the 'battlefield of ideas'. seriously, what were you guys thinking voting for a silver spoon who doesn't value literacy? trump's racist tantrum is nothing more than a deliberate distraction from the epstein fiasco and trump's latest sexual assault victim's accusations. racist is better than rapist, right? wake up.

MrJgyPhly

The empower has no clothes, Valerie78? I’ve seen our president in his ill-fitting garb, so I’m pretty sure you just tossed us some fake news. This is your one mulligan. Next time spare us the vomit-inducing image and tell the truth.

rljonesy

Nearly every word Trump says needs to be fact checked. From the Washington Post-With no evidence, Trump accused a Muslim member of Congress of being an al-Qaeda supporter. He twisted Omar’s words beyond recognition to associate her with terrorists. He earns Four Pinocchios.

Spock Here

Facts? Who needs facts when the cultists believe everything he says?

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