The Trump team believes racism is the way to keep the White House in Republican hands.
Advisers with Trump's reelection campaign believe that his racist attack on four Democratic congresswomen, telling them to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," will actually help him rally his base.
Trump said the congresswoman should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
The targeted Democrats — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — slammed Trump in a press conference late Monday.
"We don't leave the things that we love, and when we love this country, what that means is that we propose the solutions to fix it," said Ocasio-Cortez.
Trump's tweets "yet again reinforced in the minds of many Americans that the Democratic Party is the party of AOC and Omar," a Trump campaign adviser told the Washington Post on Tuesday.
The campaign apparently believes that Ocasio-Cortez and Omar rebuking Trump for his racism is a net positive for Trump.
Another adviser told the Post that "his tweets seemed designed to get [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and the Squad back on the same team" and that "Having Pelosi and the Squad back together polls even better."
Pelosi also criticized Trump's smear of her fellow Democrats and said his comments were part of a racist attempt to "make America white again."
Motivating bigots to vote for their party has been central to the Republican Party's get-out-the-vote efforts.
In 2018, the party used bigoted messages in multiple campaigns in an attempt to keep control of the House — a strategy that failed.
Seeking to motivate voters who oppose racial, gender, and religious diversity in America, the party went after Latinos, Muslims, and others.
It backfired spectacularly, as voters turned out in the millions to oppose the party's agenda.
Despite this failure, which led to Republicans losing the House, Trump's team still apparently believes in the tactic.
Trump's racism is viewed by his campaign not as a moral failing or political liability, but as an asset to be exploited in the hunt for enough votes to keep the White House.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.