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New Dem Tactic: We Were Thinking What Trump's Been Saying All Along

This is how Trump will fade. Democrats will simply say they were thinking the same thing all along. "In an interview with the Guardian, [Hillary Clinton] the former Democratic presidential candidate... suggested immigration was inflaming voters and contributed to the election of Donald Trump and Britain’s vote to leave the EU."

“I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame,” Clinton said, speaking as part of a series of interviews with senior centrist political figures about the rise of populists, particularly on the right, in Europe and the Americas. ...

“I admire the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel, but I think it is fair to say Europe has done its part, and must send a very clear message – ‘we are not going to be able to continue provide refuge and support’ – because if we don’t deal with the migration issue it will continue to roil the body politic.” ...

Clinton was one of three heavyweights of the centre-left interviewed by the Guardian ... The other two interviewees, Tony Blair and Matteo Renzi, agreed that the migration issue had posed significant problems for centrist politics.

“You’ve got to deal with the legitimate grievances and answer them, which is why today in Europe you cannot possibly stand for election unless you’ve got a strong position on immigration because people are worried about it,” Blair said. “You’ve got to answer those problems. If you don’t answer them then … you leave a large space into which the populists can march.”

Co-opting the talking points of political foes and taking credit for their achievements is a time-honored tactic. Today Jimmy Carter is given partial credit for winning the Cold War. "Carter escalated the Cold War by ending détente, imposing a grain embargo against the Soviets, enunciating the Carter doctrine, and leading an international boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow."

Similarly, it is now fashionable to assert that the EU, not American power, kept the peace. After all, they won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. "The Norwegian Nobel Committee said its decision was based on the stabilising role the EU has played in transforming most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace."

Did Ronald Reagan receive any such honor? Why should we credit him with it?

Barack Obama has already laid claim to the current economic upturn. Speaking of the current favorable situation, the New York Times reported: "Trump Claims Credit for the Economy. Not So Fast, Says Obama. The economy is doing quite well, thank you very much, and the president would naturally like to take credit. Both of them."