MSNBC’S Alex Witt: Sanctuary Cities

By DrVMDS on November 27, 2016

These 3 Swing States Show the Diversity of ‘The Latinos’

By DrVMDS on November 3, 2016

This piece originally appeared on NBCNews.com

Donald Trump might refer to the Latino community as “The Hispanics,” but the more than 57 million people and 27 million eligible voters are hardly a monolith.

So if we really want to understand “The Latinos” or the Latino vote, let’s look at three states – Florida, Arizona, and North Carolina. They’re swing states where their different Latino populations will play a pivotal role on Election Night. Continue Reading

MSNBC’S Tamron Hall – Latino Turnout

By DrVMDS on October 25, 2016

MSNBC’s Morning Joe – Trump Chooses Bad Hombres Over Big Tent

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Too Bad Trump Chose ‘Bad Hombres’ Over ‘Big Tent’

By DrVMDS on October 21, 2016

This piece originally appeared on NBCNews.com

As a child of the 1990s I appreciated the Three Amigosesque reference to the bad hombres Trump made in the final presidential debate.

The famous (or infamous) Donald Trump has come full circle. He launched his campaign over a year ago railing against Mexico sending immigrant “rapists” and drug dealers. More than a year later his closing pitch to the American public is his insistence he’ll keep out the bad hombres.

That’s too bad, and it’s too bad for his party. Continue Reading

The Real Meaning Behind “That Mexican Thing”

By DrVMDS on October 6, 2016

This piece originally appeared on NBCNews.com.

There were numerous memorable moments in the first and only vice presidential debate. But one phrase stole the show and will live in perpetuity in the annals of political memes -”That Mexican Thing” or the complete version – “Whipping out that Mexican thing again.”

After more than 20 years in politics Democratic vice presidential candidateTim Kaine has surely been accused of many things, but “whipping out that Mexican thing” was not one of them, at least until the vice presidential debate.

Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia and former governor, was recounting offensive statements made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, to which Indiana Gov. Mike Pence responded with the now infamous meme.

The double entendre of “whipping out that Mexican thing” is irresistible and really quite funny. After the silly giggle moment, then there’s the realization that this is a platter of red meat for the base that thinks that Democrats are whiners and obsessed with multi-culti kumbaya fuzziness.

But scratch below the surface and Pence’s remark is a profound statement about the foundational aspect of the Trump-Pence campaign. The GOP presidential campaign is one that has been built upon “otherization” — driving a wedge among people. Continue Reading

MSNBC Live – Trump’s Ms. Universe Comments

By DrVMDS on October 1, 2016

Trump’s War on Women is Really Bad Politics

By DrVMDS on September 30, 2016

This piece originally appeared on NBCNews.com.

The 2016 Republican War on Women has taken an interesting turn–straight into the gutter. It’s not only wrong, but it’s bad politics.

If there’s one thing women do a lot of—quite a bit more than men, it’s vote.

But in the latest news, it looks like Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is encouraging Americans to watch pornography. In an attempt to discredit former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, he sent tweets at 3 a.m. inviting the public to check out her “sex tape.”

As NBC News reports, ”the purported sex tape” appears to be a reference to reports about suggestive footage from Machado’s time on a Spanish reality television show modeled on ‘Big Brother.’”

Alicia Machado shot into the political limelight at the first presidential debate when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton noted that Trump (who had purchased the Ms. Universe contest) had referred to the Venezuelan-born beauty queen as “Miss Piggy” “Miss Eating Machine” and “Miss Housekeeping.”

Donald Trump has not denied that he has said it and has not apologized. Instead he has doubled down. He justified his fat-shaming of Machado as a business affair and most recently he seeks to justify his cruel and disrespectful behavior by discrediting Machado and making allegations about a “sex tape.” Continue Reading

KUT’s Texas Standard – Election Burnout

By DrVMDS on September 16, 2016

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MSBNC’s The Rachel Maddow Show – Debriefing Trump

By DrVMDS on September 1, 2016

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