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I feel like I’m watching one of the most bizarre weeks in human history. 

Because of a mean tweet by Donald Trump, liberals are setting themselves on fire and destroying any chance of defeating him in 2020.  

As a former Democrat, I feel sad watching the party collapse. It’s embarrassing to watch Democrats rip themselves apart over his tweets about four congresswomen who are very unpopular in states the party needs to carry in the 2020 presidential election. Among other slights, Trump said the four women of color – three of whom were born in the United States and all of whom are U.S. citizens -should “go back” to the places they came from if they don’t like his administration’s agenda. 

America feels a lot like it did in 1972, when many Americans opposed the Vietnam War, but also despised the protestors. That year, Richard Nixon, won a landslide victory because so many people hated the protestors more than they hated Nixon.

Similarly, people today see the Democrats as out of control. It seems like the wise voices have lost control of the party. Maybe it will take a landslide loss to force the Democrats away from identity politics and allow them to again be taken seriously as a political party. 

Democrats are trying to make this election a referendum on Trump. Unfortunately, they can’t see that while Americans may not approve of Trump’s behavior, they approve of the growing economy, prosperity and success thus far. According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, Trump’s approval rating number among Republicans has risen by 5 percent since his tweets last week.

Many of his supporters don’t subscribe to the narrative that Trump is a racist. This is a country that’s twice elected a Black president and came within a whisker of electing a woman. The Democratic primaries include numerous women and African American, Hispanic and LGBT people. We have a woman as speaker of the house, and four congresswomen of color becoming increasingly prominent voices among the Democrats, for better or for worse.

Trump saw that these four congresswomen’s controversial positions were fracturing the Democratic Party. He decided to add gasoline to the fire by posting tweets that would provoke the ire of the Washington establishment. He is effectively making this election about Democrats, and Democrats have taken the bait. They are tripping over themselves defending the freshmen congresswomen who claimed Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement (ICE) detention centers are concentration camps and consistently make incendiary remarks about Israel.

Democrats have chosen these tweets as a hill to die on. As a result, the Left looks like they are defending people whom Republicans believe despite everything Americans value and stand for. Trump now looks like he is defending America.

Liberals will lose and continue to lose because they can’t persuade the people they have contempt for. Every day, they show their contempt for Trump supporters through late night shows and the media. Although Trump may say vile things, we know where his heart is and it’s with the American people. 


Jeffery McNeil is an artist and vendor with Street Sense Media. He also regularly contributes to The Washington Examiner.