With concerns shared internationally, mainstream Trump may have appealed to a common desire to address real issues.
Assuming the crudity attributed to the President is accurate, the media is starting to realize that they are exposing a mainstream Trump, not a deviant. This isn’t only true nationally, but also internationally.
The New York Times felt compelled to admit this but still wants to portray the rhetoric as “racist” (false) and “dehumanizing” (debatable). But they don’t acknowledge that the open borders policies were always pushed as a moral crusade in which anyone who had concerns was portrayed as a heretic—a bigot, a racist, and a xenophobe.
Were people going to let such rhetoric drown out their real concerns? No. They were going to speak back with their own rhetoric.
That’s why Donald Trump is President and I suspect that will lead him to victory in 2020.
The New York Times reports, “Trump’s Immigration Remarks Outrage Many, but Others Quietly Agree.”
This week, Austria’s new far-right interior minister suggested “concentrating” migrants in asylum centers — with all its obvious and odious echoes of World War II.
So when President Trump said he did not want immigrants from “shithole” countries, there was ringing silence across broad parts of the European Union, especially in the east, and certainly no chorus of condemnation.
In fact, some analysts saw the remarks as fitting a pattern of crude, dehumanizing and racist language to describe migrants and asylum seekers that has steadily edged its way into the mainstream. Coming from the White House, such words may be taken by some as a broader signal that racism is now an acceptable part of political discourse.
“What we see now is a conscious policy to reintroduce language that was previously not acceptable in debate,” said Gerald Knaus, the director of the European Stability Initiative, a Berlin-based research organization that has played a leading role in forming recent European migration policy.
To be sure, Mr. Trump’s choice of words drew condemnation from around the world. […]
But the political reality is that migration has become a salient issue — and not only for right-wing, populist and nativist politicians. Across many affluent societies, people are anxious about technological change, rising inequality and stagnant wages, and they have focused their ire at the global flows of capital and, especially, labor. There are also concerns about demographic change, as the world becomes less white and as western societies age.
Moreover, the chaos and violence that have driven people from the Middle East, Southwest Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to seek to live elsewhere, even as far away as Australia and Canada, have also raised fears about refugees who do not appreciate the values of the countries hosting them — or even worse, fears of terrorists taking advantage of humanitarian policies to infiltrate societies and then carry out attacks.
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