Establishment Republicans constantly act like the culture war will turn off voters, but now Democrats are worried about it.
It is surprising that a mainstream media report would suggest that Democrats could be beaten by the culture war after what happened in Charlottesville. Their typical story is that Donald Trump damaged the Republican brand by condemning Nazis and Communists in Charlottesville. For instance:
But then, suddenly, the media reverses itself and admits that the Dems are worried about the culture war they have launched!
In interviews this week before his resignation was announced Friday, White House strategist Steve Bannon gleefully suggested Democrats are falling into a trap.
“I want them to talk about racism every day,” Bannon told The American Prospect, a liberal magazine. “If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”
Trump himself has called Confederate memorials, most of them actually erected decades after the Civil War, “beautiful statues” that reflect “our nation’s history and culture.”
Polls taken after last weekend’s violence offer some evidence backing Bannon’s and Trump’s view. While polls found widespread disgust with white supremacists, a Marist Poll for NPR and PBS found that just 27 percent of adults queried believe Confederate monuments “should be removed because they are offensive.” About two out of three white and Latino respondents said they should remain, as did 44 percent of black respondents.
Andrew Young, a Democrat, civil rights leader and former U.N. ambassador, warned this week that the monuments are “a distraction.” He told reporters in Atlanta it is “too costly to refight the Civil War.”
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