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Northam Debacle Fitting Nightmare for a Party All About ‘Identity’

Tue Feb 5, 2019 AT 3:31 PM EDT

In 2016, Donald Trump’s appeal to black voters couldn’t have been more direct: “What the hell do you have to lose” by supporting Republicans, he would say, given the damage Democratic policies have done to minority communities. Trump noted that the Democrats offer a mere image of concern for minorities, whereas Republicans deliver policies that actually help them.

As president, he has built on this message by spurring economic growth that has lowered the unemployment rate in the black community. During Obama’s first two years in office, black unemployment rose; under Trump, it has fallen.

The liberal apoplexy about the Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam debacle is a reminder that the Democrats obsess not over sound policies but the preservation of politically useful images. They don’t want to lose any ground to a president whom they routinely smear as a racist. They live in dread fear of losing a monopoly on the black vote, a monopoly based not upon substantive achievements but on the successful manipulation of identity politics. Read Full Story at The American Spectator

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