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Another day, another racist rant

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Here’s Trump: Is Trump getting even worse? Is that even possible? Three of the four Congresswomen attacked by Trump are not even immigrants: The nativist rhetoric, “go back to your country,” is often used in racist, Xenophobic and Islamophobic attacks, including a recent hate crime in New York City last week where a Hispanic woman was attacked and told, “You’re here taking jobs from Americans.” . . . The four progressives included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. The women of color were born in the United States, except for Omar who became a refugee in 1991 when a brutal civil war devastated Somalia, a predominantly Muslim country in East Africa, where at least one

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Another day, another racist rant

Is Trump getting even worse? Is that even possible?

Three of the four Congresswomen attacked by Trump are not even immigrants:

The nativist rhetoric, “go back to your country,” is often used in racist, Xenophobic and Islamophobic attacks, including a recent hate crime in New York City last week where a Hispanic woman was attacked and told, “You’re here taking jobs from Americans.”.

The four progressives included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. The women of color were born in the United States, except for Omar who became a refugee in 1991 when a brutal civil war devastated Somalia, a predominantly Muslim country in East Africa, where at least one American among the 27 died in a terrorist attack Saturday.

It’s true that millions of Trump supporters are not racist. But it’s also true that those Americans who do hate Muslims and Mexicans and other immigrants absolutely love Trump. They adore him. Why is that?

Perhaps these racists misunderstand Trump when he tells women of color who were born in America to go back to their own country. Perhaps it’s all just a terrible misunderstanding.


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Scott Sumner
Scott B. Sumner is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, the Director of the Program on Monetary Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an economist who teaches at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. His economics blog, The Money Illusion, popularized the idea of nominal GDP targeting, which says that the Fed should target nominal GDP—i.e., real GDP growth plus the rate of inflation—to better "induce the correct level of business investment".

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