Posts tagged with "White Supremacist"

Trump aides see personal malice, not political strategy, in Twitter attacks on Baltimore, Cummings

August 2, 2019

After a week during which President Donald Trump was labeled a “racist” and a “white supremacist” for his affronts to “The Squad” of women of color in the House, the activist Reverend Al Sharpton, CNN anchor Don Lemon, Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland—and the latter’s home district, Baltimore, which Trump described as “rat-infested and  a “living hell”— the POTUS was asked by the media to explain his strategy.

“There’s no strategy. I have no strategy. There’s zero strategy,” he told reporters on July 30. “It’s very simple.”

However, most political pundits believe that he did have two underlying reasons for the attacks. First, he believes that his denigration of Puerto Ricans, immigrants, blacks, and others of color builds the loyalty of his largely white base nationwide.

Second, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal,  Trump was “set off by last week’s decision by the House Oversight Committee,” which Cummings chairs, to subpoena top White House aides, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, for its probe into official emails and texts sent from personal accounts.

The news outlet also pointed to Cummings’ remarks at a news conference last week, at which he suggested further action against the administration was imminent. “There comes a point when silence becomes betrayal,” Cummings said, quoting Martin Luther King, Jr.

“People know this is the president. He’s going to fight back,” said one campaign adviser. “It’s not a surprise to anyone as much as it was before.”

Cummings responded on Twitter: “I will continue to do every day what I am duty-bounded to do—help my constituents to live their best lives and serve as a check on the Executive Branch.”

While Trump’s supporters have not come out in defense of the president’s remarks, they also have not criticized him to any great degree. Indeed, the Journal reports, Trump campaign officials do not view the gibes against Cummings as damaging to the president’s odds of re-election. The campaign sees the president’s polling numbers as most vulnerable when voters perceive the White House to be in chaos, when Mr. Trump’s base of supporters dislike legislation he signs, and when the president is perceived as “punching down,” one adviser told the news outlet.

In direct opposition to what he, himself, has said publicly, the president repeatedly has  bragged about his record on behalf of African-Americans. On Tuesday, he said African-Americans had “been calling the White House” and were “happy as hell.”

Research contact: Rebecca.Ballhaus@wsj.com

Would you punch a Nazi in the nose?

November 8, 2017

Is it okay to pack a punch when you find yourself at a rally of Neo-Nazis or white supremacists? In response to the Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, results of which were released on November 3, most Americans said no.

More than two-thirds (68%) of respondents to the national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults believe it is not morally acceptable to punch a Nazi in the nose. About one-third (32%), however, say that taking decency and integrity into your own hands—literally—is acceptable.

Among strong liberals, a slim majority (51%) say it’s moral to punch Nazis. Only 21% of strong conservatives agree.

Strong liberals’ approval of Nazi-punching is not representative of Democratic ideology as a whole, the Cato survey found. A majority (56%) of Democrats believe it is not morally acceptable to punch a Nazi. Thus, tolerance of violence as a response to offensive speech and ideas is found primarily on the far Left.

The survey found that liberals were more likely to consider upsetting and controversial ideas to be “hateful” rather than simply “offensive.” This may help partially explain why staunch liberals are more comfortable than the average American with using violence against Nazis.

What’s more, approval for punching Nazis also varies with age and race. Millennials are nearly twice as likely (42%) as people over 55 (24%) to say such violence is morally justified.

African Americans (45%) are also more likely than whites (28%) and Latinos (35%) to say punching Nazis is okay. Nevertheless, majorities of each of these groups say physical force is not justified, even against a Nazi.

The survey was designed and conducted by the Cato Institute in collaboration with YouGov. YouGov collected responses online August 15 through August 23, nationally.

Research contact: Emily Ekins (202-789-5200)