Democratic presidential candidates are vying with each other to see who can come up with the dumbest, most asinine, sure-to-fail strategy to win the fall election.
Should we tax Americans into poverty? Nationalize health care? Take away people’s guns? Throw open our borders?
The list is a long one, and yesterday, former folk singer Beto O’Rourke may have hit upon a winner…er, loser.
Why not smear 63 million Americans with the epithet “racist”?
“You said to me last week that you thought President Trump was a white nationalist. I just wonder, sir, President Trump won your home state of Texas by nine points,” host Jake Tapper said. “Almost 63 million Americans voted for him. Do you think it is racist to vote for President Trump in 2020?”
There was a long pause from O’Rourke before he said, “I think it’s really hard.”
“I think it’s really hard after everything that we’ve seen from his time as a candidate in 2016 to his repeated warnings of invasions to his repeated calls to send them back,” O’Rourke said. “Sending back people who are U.S. citizens, sending back people who were born in this country.”
“His description of white nationalists and klansmen and neo-Nazis as very fine people. His warnings of Muslims as being somehow inherently defective and attempting to ban them from entry into this country, and his transgender troop ban and his attack on anyone who does not look like or pray like or love like a majority of the country,” O’Rourke continued.
O’Rourke went on to say Trump is “dangerous to the future of America and will destroy what makes us so unique.”
Trying to unwind all the lies, exaggerations, and deliberate misstatements of fact would take all day, but the bottom line is that Beto O’Rourke doesn’t want the votes of 63 million Americans because they’re racist.
If he does want those votes, doesn’t that make him a racist too?
I doubt very much whether there are very many voters who enjoy being insulted. Sadomasochists, perhaps and the dimwitted, the depressed, and those who are more impressed with how Beto looks rather than what he says.
Needless to say, this is not a winning strategy and some campaign consultants should have an intervention with O’Rourke and try to save him. For a man who’s disappearing in the polls, he certainly has an odd way of going about trying to recapture the glory of those early days on the campaign trail when a panting press corps hailed him as “the next Kennedy.”
Now, he’s just the next loser.