Politics

Dems' Political Strategy: Straw Man Trump

Rather than winning over Americans with superior policy proposals, the Left chooses character assignation.

Political Editors · Aug. 15, 2019

The straw-manning of a political opponent has long been the tactic applied by those who’s know their own position lacks the merits to defeat their opponent’s position. Over the years Democrats have increasingly applied this malicious tactic in their efforts to foist their socialist big-government agenda upon the American people. By claiming that Republicans and conservatives are motivated by nefarious ulterior motive for their policy positions, Democrats seek to convince Americans not to believe their own ears and eyes. Democrats and their Leftmedia cohorts continuously maintain that they are the only ones who can be trusted to tell the “truth” about what conservatives and Republicans really believe and want. And with President Donald Trump’s election victory this straw man tactic of the Democrats’ has gone into overdrive.

One of the latest examples comes from Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) who unabashedly played the “Trump is a hate monger” straw man when she stated, “[Trump’s] been fueling the flames of hate and I’ve said recently, you know, on the issue of El Paso, you know, when people ask me is he responsible for those killings, well, no, I mean he obviously didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s sure been tweeting.” She further added, “that whenever and wherever that hate presents itself, that we will all speak out and speak up.”

However, Harris is far from the only Democrat presidential candidate to play this game, as Beto O'Rourke blasted Trump as “a racist” who “stokes racism in this country” and agreed that responsibility for the El Paso attack fell “at the feet of” Trump. When questioned as to how Trump bears responsibility O'Rourke, like many of Democratic colleagues and the Leftmedia parroted intentionally misleading and inaccurate talking points, such as “Trump called Mexicans a bunch of rapists and criminals,” or “Trump told Congressional women of color to ‘go back to where they came from’” or “when Trump called Baltimore ‘rat infested’ he was actually referring to poor blacks.”

Based upon their fallacious straw man representations of Trump, Democrats indignant in their self-righteousness, loudly claim that Trump is threatening democracy and dividing the country. When in reality it is Democrats who have done nothing but preach division and stoke the fires of political hatred all because they are not in power. Democrats complain about a lack of civility all while labeling anyone who voted for Trump as having been motivated by hatred and fear. When Democrats, unwilling to honestly and accurately address the challenges facing the nation, label those who disagree with their socialist policy proposals as being only motivated by racism and xenophobia, is it any wonder so many Americans want nothing to do with them?

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