Republicans will try to run on this?
Sounds like a Donald Trump reality inversion….
They think that white voters will resell against this idea personally….
While the tag might offend some?
Race , racism and discrimination IS a subtle part of the American experience almost everywhere and has been from the countries birth….
Efforts to identify it and deal with it has been a strong political back and forth…..
The mantra, used by nearly all of the Republican contenders, is unavoidable in the earliest stages of the GOP’s nominating campaign. At the annual Family Leadership Summit in Iowa this month, all three potential presidential prospects on stage — former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem — took turns joining in the refrain, in one form or another.
Top Democrats, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, have said publicly they don’t believe America is a racist country. But Republicans are hoping to portray the party as out of step with the thinking of mainstream America. And by attempting to harness lightning-rod issues such as critical race theory and “defund the police,” the GOP is signaling race will again be at the center of the 2024 campaign.
“It’s a winning issue with independents, and it’s good for the base, but I really think rank-and-file American voters who are in the middle, whether you’re center-left, center-right, suburban votes, parents, I think they all feel like America’s not a racist nation, critical race theory is being shoved down everybody’s throat,” said Bob Heckman, a Republican consultant who has worked on nine presidential campaigns, including Sen. Lindsey Graham’s in 2016. “I think this is a case of the Democrats going way too far, and I think it’s a very effective issue.”….
“This is not a close call,” said Curt Anderson, a top adviser to Florida Sen. Rick Scott, another potential presidential contender. “This is ‘Defund the Police’ 2.0.”
For Republicans, the focus on race is not without risk. Recent polls suggest majorities of Americans believe discrimination exists in America. More voters trusted Biden than Donald Trump to handle race relations when given the choice last year. And though the “defund the police” movement polls poorly with voters, the controversy surrounding critical race theory is not yet especially well-known among the broader electorate….
Race has long been an undercurrent in presidential politics, but the issue was typically too radioactive to be debated in a substantive fashion. Even the first Black president, Barack Obama, took a cautious and measured approach….
But Trump, the Democratic response, and civil unrest following the police murder of George Floyd last year all served to amplify concerns about racial justice and racial equity during the presidential election. By the time Biden beat Trump, nearly 70 percent of Americans said in exit polls that racism was an important problem….
Today, prominent Democrats do not disagree with the assertion of Republicans that the nation isn’t racist. Biden, responding to Scott’s comments in April, said, “No, I don’t think the American people are racist. But I think after 400 years African Americans have been left in a position where they’re so far behind the eight ball in terms of education, health, in terms of opportunity.” Harris, the vice president, has echoed that same sentiment….