With the tap of a button, President Trump sent the media into yet another frenzy a few weeks ago. It’s in normal Trump fashion to do so. Democrats disagreed with the tweets’ contents, but so did many Republicans and Conservatives besides the usual group of “Never-Trumpers.”
The question is: was it just Donald’s famous lack of a filter? Or was it strategy?
On July 14th, President Trump sent out three tweets disparaging an unnamed group of progressive congresswomen.
….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
“Go back.” That’s the only thing anyone read.
It was jarring. It’s clear that he was talking about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who was originally a refugee from Somalia before becoming a United States citizen. His reference to multiple women, however, leads one to believe he is also speaking about Tlaib, Pressley, and Ocasio-Cortes, who were all born in the United States.
It’s not a good look. Had he only referred to one woman, Omar, it might have been better. She is credibly suspected of immigration fraud, but there’s really no defending this for him— although I’m sure he will defend it.
A Calculated Controversy?
Trump’s tweets took up all of the media’s attention for days. There are even some outlets still producing stories on it. Democrats took it as their “proof” of his racism.
Republicans, however, were divided on the question of intent. Bill O’Reilly speculated Trump’s ulterior motive in a tweet last week:
Trump’s overall strategy is to force moderate Dems to defend the 4 radical congresswomen, in order to group them all together – because Americans don’t want the radical left in power.
As always, he goes over a line. But does he care? No.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) July 16, 2019
Donald Trump just might be a genius.
The Democratic party has been quarrelling since the inception of “the squad,” as Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortes, Pressley, and Omar embarrassingly call themselves. (Are we in middle school?) It’s in the party’s interest to separate themselves from the far-left group of women, especially since they poll so poorly in swing states. Their popularity will undoubtedly play a big role in 2020.
To their chagrin, Trump singlehandedly cemented the Democratic Party as the party of the squad. Whether he meant to do so or not.
It’s easy to write off the President’s behavior as that of someone without a filter, or pushing the boundaries, but have we ever stopped to wonder if there’s a method to the madness?