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There’s good news, bad news, and fake news in this Washington Post article by Michael Scherer. In fact, they all appear in this sentence:
[Trump’s combustible formula of white identity politics] has pushed Democratic presidential candidates sharply to the left on issues such as immigration and civil rights, as they respond to the liberal backlash against him.
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The good news is that the Post has been forced by events to acknowledge that Democratic presidential candidates have moved “sharply to the left.” The bad news is that the Post has a fallback position: the move to the left is President Trump’s fault.
This is also fake news. In 2016, Bernie Sanders ran basically even with Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries and caucuses. Only by manipulating the process was the Party able to ensure that a socialist wouldn’t be its nominee.
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Donald Trump is not the cause of this sharp move to the left. Democrats didn’t take Trump’s candidacy at all seriously when Sanders began to emerge and, throughout the nominating process, remained convinced Trump couldn’t win the general election.
Scherer’s article is full of references to polls and surveys that purport to show this and that. However, he presents no evidence that the Democrats’ leftism is driven by Trump. Democratic candidates are spouting leftist dogma because the Party’s left-wing base believes the dogma, which for decades has been the dominant view on the college campuses where they were educated.
Ascent - Left - Nothing - Trump - Identity
The ascent of the academic left has nothing to do with Trump or his alleged white identity politics. He was a Democrat when the left consolidated its hold on academia and relentlessly brainwashed college students with identity politics, the politics of victimhood, etc.
If anything, Trump should be driving Democratic candidates and the voters whose support they seek away from extreme leftism. A normal party would be intent...
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