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A guest on MSNBC gave the game away when he described what he believes should be the Democrat Party’s strategy in the midterms and beyond.
It is a simple strategy that many people would say the Party has been doing for a long time and that is to brand every Republican as a racist.
Political commentator Donny Deutsch, who hosts the podcast “On Brand,” made the outrageous claim that “23% of Republican males are okay with white nationals, white supremacist views,” and said that Democrats should “brand” Republicans as “racist” in future elections.
He went on to tell MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace that the Great Replacement Theory is the “Republican Racist Replacement Theory.”
“What the Democrats need to do — and it’s so obvious at this point — is brand then with it, is basically take this Replacement Theory and now make it the Republican Racist Replacement Theory,” he argued. “Make every Republican answer, ‘Do you believe in it or not?’ Brand every Republican. This is the party of replacement theory. Take what is a sliver [of the Republican Party] … and make it the entire raison d’être of the Republican Party.”
“Do the same thing with violence, it’s the RV party. It’s the Republican Violence Party,” he said. “The very, very heinous things that they stand for and are hiding behind, brand them on it. Take a branding iron, put it on them so that any mainstream Republican has to wear that badge, and go, ‘Are you vote Republican? Do you understand you’re voting for replacement theory? Do you believe in that? … Because that’ the Republican platform, so make the Republicans own it.”
A guest on MSNBC says that Democrats will win if they "brand" Republicans as racists
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It would be an act of desperation for a Party with a deeply unpopular president that looks like it is getting set to be shellacked in the midterms, and using tragic events to win elections would be reprehensible, but that would be “on brand” for Deutsch.
In April, Democratic National Committee Jaime Harrison agreed with a Democrat MSNBC contributor that his party “cannot play fair” in the midterm elections if they want to win.
The exchange happened during and appearance on MSNBC when host Tiffany Cross played a video of firebrand contributor Roland Martin saying that the Democrats have to forget the rules, Mediaite reported.
Cross had a one-on-one discussion with Harrison for her show The Cross Connection during which they covered the midterms and how Democrats can overcome what looks like a wave for Republicans in November. They covered a variety of angles, including their shared belief that the “mainstream media” isn’t doing enough to get the party’s message out there.
After saying she agreed about the media covering Democrats unfairly, Cross shifted to Republicans, saying, “let’s talk about the fascists on the other side.”
She brought up remarks from Roland Martin earlier in the show, who said that Democrats have to go to “war” to change their fortunes ahead of the election. “You cannot play fair with people who don’t play fair. There are no rules,” he said.
After playing the clip, Cross asked the DNC chair for his thoughts, adding, “I felt like that was a good road map.”
“Let’s talk about the fascists on the other side. So I hear that, but I do think there are a lot of people – because you know, like we were just talking about, you and I, we consume, you know, eight papers in the morning. We look at the minutia of politics and most Americans are not doing that. And there are still a lot of people who feel disconnected from the party or maybe even disappointed in the party. Fair enough. I want you to take a listen. We had Roland Martin on at the beginning of the show,” the host said.
“Brother Rolo,” Harrison responded.
“Brother Rolo Is never shy about giving his opinion,” Cross said.
“No I know, I do,” Harrison said.
“So he had a lot to say about what he thinks Democrats should be doing. I want you to take a listen to get your thoughts,” the host said.
“Sounds good,” Harrison said before the video played.
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“You’ve got to have President Joe Biden stop being scared of Senate Joe Manchin and go make the argument in West Virginia and go to the rand parts of Mississippi and Alabama and say, this is what we have done and these folks voted against it and this is how we have delivered. They’ve got to be willing to engage in war. You cannot play fair with people who don’t play fair. There are no rules. The other side has shown that they will do whatever is necessary in order to win. So you’ve got to say, America, when they didn’t care about you, we did,” Martin said in the video.
“What are your thoughts? I felt like that was a good road map,” Cross said.
“It is a good road map,” Harrison agreed.