Rachel Maddow took a sledgehammer to Donald Trump’s bigoted closing message on Thursday, blasting his last-minute ads and calling it a desperate attempt to scare up votes.
“The shove that President Trump has tried on for this election, for this year, is remarkably unsubtle,” the MSNBC host said.
Maddow said Trump and Republicans are trying to “terrify low information voters into not voting at all, or for voting for the party that they think will defend the white race from the mongrel hordes who Donald Trump promises are coming into your house to punch you in the face.”
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When it comes to this White House and this president, the shove that President Trump has tried on for this election, for this year, is remarkably unsubtle. This ad apparently created by the White House or maybe the Trump campaign, but certainly circulated by the president, it literally argues that Democrats are rioting, violent, marauding criminal mobs that will hunt you down and beat you bloody and destroy your city and then burn its wreckage. That was followed up by the president now circulating a new ad that overtly and literally blames Democrats for a sinister murderer of police officers who braids his beard hair. The ad makes the case that Democrats are in favor of murdering police officers, and specifically in favor of this guy murdering police officers. The ad says it is outrageous what Democrats are doing to our country. Literally says, quote, Democrats let him stay. Actually, after being deported during the Clinton administration, that is actually a guy who was allowed back to stay in the country by the George W. Bush administration. But apparently, that’s close enough to Democrats to make the grade when it comes to the expected veracity of presidential statements in the Trump White House. These images are so scary and terrible, you can’t let the truth of them get in the way of the story they are trying to tell in the last few days before the election, to try to terrify low information voters into not voting at all, or for voting for the party that they think will defend the white race from the mongrel hoards who Donald Trump promises are coming into your house to punch you in the face. I realize that’s a little on the nose, but I feel like if this is the level of subtlety they want to operate at heading into this election, we should all just meet them where they are and at least talk bluntly about what they are doing here.
The Republicans know they are about to lose big
While the Republican closing message is dark, depressing and shameful, it’s also the clearest evidence yet that even they know they’re in for a shellacking next week.
After all, winning campaigns do not plaster the airwaves with the type of racist and hateful rhetoric and advertisements Trump and Republicans are currently using.
And in doing so, the GOP is only making the contrast in this election even clearer. Americans can choose between a slate of progressive, optimistic, and forward-looking candidates all across the country, or they can embrace the desperate scare tactics of the president and his party.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.