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"I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame," Clinton tells U.K. newspaper The Guardian. Clinton suggests that immigration was inflaming voters and contributed to the election of President Trump and Britain's vote to leave the EU.
"I admire the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel, but I think it is fair to say Europe has done its part, and must send a very clear message — 'We are not going to be able to continue provide refuge and support' — because if we don't deal with the migration issue it will continue to roil the body politic."
There is a fundamental error in this thinking. It assumes the results of populist politicking are in fact its sources. Clinton believes she is on to something, but it is offering nothing new. In the past two years accepting the populist version of events and painting the left as out of touch has become a genre of its own, a strain of thought that holds that the success of the immigration rhetoric of populists is organic, inevitable and a “backlash” of some sort, rather than one of several ways that populist politicians build grievance. National populism is thus “unstoppable”, it is the revolt of the “somewheres” against the “anywheres”, “white self-interest”, a “whiteshift”. Clinton’s “beat them at their own game” strategy is the default position on the establishment centre, a capitulation of laziness, defeatism and gullibility.
So much of the failure on immigration is the inability to make a positive case for it. Populist support did not flare up unstoked. It is the result of concerted media and political campaigns that at best were met with the neutral tepid language of “legitimate concerns”. That was what Angela Merkel attempted and for that Hillary Clinton patronises her as if she were a political freshman. Clinton’s logic is that “it is not working”, as opposed to “it is not right”.
This chilling pragmatism exposes at best a lack of core beliefs: political expediency is all that matters and immigration is not the hill to die on. At worst it is a full-throated agreement with populists.
I get it. Defeat is hard. Immigration is low hanging fruit, an easy win. Even those on the left can contort themselves into an anti-immigration position in defence of white working-class populations.
Is immigration the lone primary driver of Populist wins across the world or a revolt against Authoritarian Leftest Globalism in general in which immigration is just part of the plan to increase voter base?
originally posted by: SteamyJeans
Mid terms are over.
Where’s the caravan?
Get ready for new talking points. They’ll bring up racist immigration policy at a later and more convenient time... for now it’s all Attorny Generals, press passes and turkey pardons.
This article to me just shows the extent of the “ pro immigration” agenda they are pushing. Senseless immigration.
Even Hillary is fare game if she goes out of step.
a reply to: notsure1
originally posted by: rickymouse
Whoa....Hillary is right about something? It's hard to believe. But now she is trying to blame Trump's win on this Immigration movement. Right answer, wrong way of figuring it out.
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originally posted by: tadaman
a reply to: infolurker
She is a Waging tail.