Thursday, August 9, 2018

Dershowitz: How the hard left only helps the Republicans and Donald Trump

The hard left is helping Republican candidates and Donald Trump in numerous ways. First and most obviously, by running candidates such as those in the Green Party, the hard left siphons off votes that otherwise would go to Democrats. Third parties may well have cost the Democrats the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections, because the Green Party siphoned off enough votes to make the difference in crucial states.

Green Party supporters argue that their voters would not have come out to vote if they had to choose between Democrats and Republicans, so they claim that they have not siphoned off any votes from Democrats. While this may be true of some extremists who see no difference between Democrats and Republicans, it certainly is not true of many core voters attracted to the environmental policies of the Green Party, but who would most certainly vote and, if they did, would vote for Democrats.

Then there are the off the charts extremists like Susan Sarandon who actually prefer to see Republicans such as Donald Trump elected over Democrats such as Hillary Clinton. Her absurd argument is that a Trump presidency will bring revolution more quickly than would a Clinton presidency. Fortunately for America, these extreme revolutionaries represent a tiny fraction of the electorate across the country.

Another way the hard left helps Republicans and President Trump is through their exaggerations and gutter tactics. The claim by Rosie O’Donnell that Trump stole the 2016 election only emboldens his base with the denial of his victory. Her rhetoric, and that of others like her, turns off centrist voters and shifts some of them to the Republican camp. So do the constant personal attacks by people like “Morning Joe” Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski who recently devoted significant air time to talking about the size of Trump’s fingers. The reality that Trump himself engages in similar attacks does not diminish the negative impact of gutter tactics.

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