By Rich Benjamin
July 19, 2019
No one could call President Trump’s race-baiting highly successful from a policy perspective.
He has failed to deliver much funding or congressional support for his border wall, and immigrants continue to flow to the United States. The courts handed him a stinging defeat in his attempt to add a citizenship question to the census in order to dilute the voting power of Latinos and boost the voting power of non-Latino whites. His taunts to Democratic congresswomen to “go back where you came from” were roundly mocked and rebuked, and the women certainly aren’t packing to leave the country. What’s more, his recent directive to prevent asylum claims from Central American migrants appears headed for a smack-down from the courts.
But racking up policy successes was never the main point.
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