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New GOP panic about Trump’s racism reveals an ugly truth

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Greg Sargent, The Washington Post Published 7:44 am PDT, Friday, July 19, 2019 Trump tweets that the lawmakers should “go back” to their countries, characterizing them as corrupt hellholes (echoing his “s—-hole countries” comment), even though three
'Greg Sargent, The Washington Post Published 7:44 am PDT, Friday, July 19, 2019 Trump tweets that the lawmakers should “go back” to their countries, characterizing them as corrupt hellholes (echoing his “s—-hole countries” comment), even though three were born here. That elicits only a bit of discomfort from Republicans. less Trump tweets that the lawmakers should “go back” to their countries, characterizing them as corrupt hellholes (echoing his “s—-hole countries” comment), even though three were born here. That elicits only a … more Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Trump tweets that the lawmakers should “go back” to their countries, characterizing them as corrupt hellholes (echoing his “s—-hole countries” comment), even though three were born here. That elicits only a bit of discomfort from Republicans. less Trump tweets that the lawmakers should “go back” to their countries, characterizing them as corrupt hellholes (echoing his “s—-hole countries” comment), even though three were born here. That elicits only a … more Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP New GOP panic about Trump’s racism reveals an ugly truth 1  /  1 Back to Gallery Credulous pundits told us for days that President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on nonwhite lawmakers were brilliant politics, but Republicans disagree: They are widely warning Trump that presiding over a rally chant of “send her back,” directed at a nonwhite lawmaker, is putting the party at serious political risk. Trump pretended to disavow the chant on Thursday, claiming he didn’t approve even though video contradicts this, and we are now learning from the New York Times that he came under intense private pressure to do so, including from Vice President Pence and Ivanka Trump. READ ANOTHER OPINION Here’s how staunch progressives can win the hearts of Never… The one quality that will determine the Democratic nominee How Democrats should respond to Ocasio-Cortez For Democratic presidential candidates, the early states are a… Yet even as many Republicans profess discomfort with Trump’s display, here’s what else is happening: Trump is effectively trying to end asylum seeking at the southern border, and Politico now reports that the administration is seriously mulling an effort to slash refugee admissions to near-zero. Generally speaking, Republicans are unlikely to be troubled by these things. These things are not necessarily contradictory. It’s theoretically possible to support dramatic asylum and refugee cuts for reasons not rooted in the white nationalism driving Trump’s attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and the other lawmakers, all racial, ethnic, or religious minorities. But it’s now inarguable that Trump’s overall immigration agenda is shaped around the broader goal of preventing as many people as possible from getting asylum and refugee status here even if they qualify for it on the merits. Given the totality of what we’ve seen, it’s also inarguable that underlying that is the goal of dramatically reducing the number of immigrants admitted to this country. And as Trump’s own rhetoric has repeatedly confirmed, this is inescapably about reducing the number of nonwhite immigrants here. You can locate a zone of plausible deniability, in which one can claim support for such policies on pragmatic, economic, or “cultural” grounds, and not out of any desire to make America whiter. It’s precisely this zone that Republicans now seek to inhabit. That’s why the GOP panic about the “send her back” chant is significant. It shines a floodlight into this zone, and reveals why it’s so hard to credibly inhabit it. Why “send her back” is a breaking point What is it about “send her back” that suddenly crossed a line? Consider the timeline: Trump tweets that the lawmakers should “go back” to their countries, characterizing them as corrupt hellholes (echoing his “s—-hole countries” comment), even though three were born here. That elicits only a bit of discomfort from Republicans. Trump then says, “if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave.” Trump then repeats this: “YOU CAN LEAVE!” Republicans defend this framing, piously pretending it has no racial dimension, even though it was directed only at minority lawmakers. Trump presides over the “send her back” chant. After criticism erupts, including among some Republicans, Trump pretends to “disagree” with it. Why did the last open the floodgates? The Times tells us Republicans fear telling lawmakers to get out will “backfire” because it appears “personal.” Yet Trump had repeatedly said to “go back” and “leave.” What changed? Well, the Times also reports that Trump advisers privately warned against letting these sentiments get out of control at his rally. So I submit to you that the key difference is twofold: Trump’s naked hatred and cruelty was captured on live television, and along with it so was the seething anger of the hard-core Trump base. The whole nation saw in dramatic fashion that Trump voters understood his meaning perfectly well, and watched them not just agree with it, but also amplify it with as ugly and hate-curdled a chant as one could imagine. Right now, as Trump tries to end asylum seeking at the border and may slash refugee admissions to zero, imagery of migrant children and families enduring horrifyingly inhumane conditions is saturating the airwaves. The more the suburban, educated whites who abandoned the GOP in 2018 grow convinced that this agenda is an outgrowth of racial animus and white nationalism, the worse it is politically for Republicans. And so, officials have explained all this in benign terms: Trump wants to close “loopholes” that allow asylum seekers who don’t actually merit it to game the system; if Democrats would agree, fewer would come and border overcrowding would ease. But in fact, Trump has taken all kinds of additional steps to make it harder for people to apply and qualify for asylum even if they merit it. He’s now trying to shut it down. He has already slashed refugee flows dramatically and wants to cut them more. He tried (and failed) to cut legal immigration in half. The horrific border conditions are driven partly by legitimate logistical difficulties, but much of what we’ve seen (mass arrests, family separations) is also driven by the idea that inflicting maximum cruelty and fear will lead fewer to try for asylum — again, even among those who merit it. What’s driving this agenda? We know the answer. Trump campaigned on the idea that Muslims should be banned and that Mexican immigrants are rapists who must be walled out or criminals who must be removed en masse, which he reprised in his demagoguery towards Central American migrants in 2018. A conference of Trump-friendly intellectuals just descended on Washington, D.C., to develop a “conservative nationalism” distinct from the racial version. But as many have documented (see Ishaan Tharoor, Adam Serwer, Gabe Schoenfeld, and Emma Green), it’s hard to locate the line between such a “benign” nationalism, rooted in “merely” cultural opposition to immigration and dissatisfaction with “cosmopolitanism,” and the more malignant, demagogic variety that fundamentally rejects ideals of civic patriotism in favor of a racialized vision of the nation. This is neatly embodied in the real world in the Republican search for that zone of plausible deniability on Trump’s actual policies. It becomes a lot harder to inhabit that zone when Trump goes on national television and, seething with cruelty and hate, signals that a prominent representative of the immigrant and refugee community, a naturalized citizen and duly elected member of Congress, is not a member in good standing of the American nation, and his voters are right there with him on all of it.'

When Is Ashlyn Harris & Ali Krieger's Wedding? It's Coming Up Sooner Than You Might Expect

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It’s been a big year so far for the U.S. women’s national soccer team. On July 7, they brought home their second consecutive World Cup win (and their fourth overall). That’s plenty of reason to celebrate all on its own, but for players Ashlyn Harris…
'Its been a big year so far for the U.S. womens national soccer team. On July 7, they brought home their second consecutive World Cup win (and their fourth overall). Thats plenty of reason to celebrate all on its own, but for players Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger (known by fans as Krashlyn), its not the only milestone worth mentioning. The two stars announced their engagement in March and are currently in the midst of planning their big day. When is Ashlyn Harris and Ali Kriegers wedding? Turns out, its coming up super soon! The couple confirmed to Vogue that their wedding is set for December and will take place in Miami. They told the magazine they expect around 100 guests, and theyll even dress up their dog to take photos. Harris mentioned that she might wear a custom suit by Thom Browne or Tom Ford, but she hasnt fully decided just yet. If youve followed Krashlyns red carpet style over the years, you know that neither of them will disappoint when it comes to wedding fashion. Elite Daily reached out to representatives for Harris and Krieger to confirm more wedding details, but did not hear back by the time of publication. The best part? Their USWNT teammates will likely be in attendance for the big day. Harris told USA Today that she and Krieger chose a December wedding date so it wont interfere with club soccer season, which takes up time in the spring, summer, and fall. \'The celebration will be in December,\' Harris revealed, \'so there'll be a lot of teammates there, that's for sure.\' Now theres a party Id love to be invited to attend. Can you imagine what an epic celebration this will be? These ladies know how to have fun , plus theyre all super close friends , so you can bet this day will be a blast for everyone involved. After almost ten years together, it will be a full circle moment for Harris and Krieger. The pair got engaged last September, when Harris proposed to Krieger during a vacation in Clearwater Beach, while the couple was talking a selfie by the water. They kept their engagement a secret until March 2019, when they announced it to the world in a photoshoot and interview with People and said the cutest things about what initially drew them to each other . It was her big, beautiful brown eyes, Harris said of Krieger. She has these unbelievable tiger eyes. I just felt like every time she was talking, I wasnt even paying attention to what she was saying. And Krieger gushed, Since being with Ash, I really feel like Ive blossomed into the woman that I want to be, and shes helped me become the woman I am. Krashlyn has gotten used to navigating personal and career milestones as a couple. In addition to their work with the USWNT (which is how they initially met in 2010), Harris and Krieger both play professional soccer for the Orlando Pride team. \'I think what has made us so successful in the work space together for so long is our boundaries,\' Harris told USA Today . \'When we're at work, we're there to work .. And then when we're at home, that's our time to be at home, and then soccer doesn't walk through the front door.\' Plus, they get to share huge accomplishments like the 2019 World Cup win. How many couples get to experience that together? \'A lot of our teammates with their partners and spouses, they don't get to be here day in and day out,\' Krieger said to USA Today . \'It's really nice to be able to share this moment with her and to make these memories with her.\' Cheers to another memory coming up for these lovebirds! I, for one, cant wait to learn all the details of their wedding day. For these two world-champion athletes, it just might be their biggest win of the year.'