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MSNBC analyst reveals ‘dark’ strategy to cut ‘brutal’ midterm losses: ‘scaring grassroots’ Democrats

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MSNBC analyst John Heilemann revealed a “dark” strategy Democrats plan to use to limit potential losses in November’s midterm elections on “Deadline: White House” on Tuesday.

Heilemann said inflation is “psychologically the most politically devastating thing” and said the key to mitigating losses, according to the strategy, was to make Donald Trump the face of the Republican Party and then harangue the attacks on him as an undemocratic force in American politics.

“They must be scaring the shit out [the Democratic base] and get them out,” Heilemann said.[The Democrats] can’t motivate them based on hope or their wallets or any of those accomplishments. They must scare them.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


“The strategy that people are kind of thinking about now…is we’re going to have these [Jan. 6] committee hearings. Donald Trump is going to be in the spotlight… Let’s take Donald Trump, let’s take this [Jan. 6] committee, the threat it poses to democracy, to [Trump] … the face of the Republican Party, talk about Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Madison Cawthorn. Callin’ this party crazy town, that’s Trumpist [and that] Trump is a threat to our democracy,” he continued. “Democrats are thinking about what kind of strategy could incorporate these events in a way that would perhaps at least point to a path to limit the losses, if not retain the House.”

MSNBC analyst reveals ‘dark’ strategy to cut ‘brutal’ midterm losses: ‘scaring grassroots’ Democrats

President Trump waves aboard Air Force One before heading to a rally in Indiana at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., May 10, 2018.
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He added that it might be a “dark thought,” but Democrats can also use Roe v. Wade as a scare tactic. “The other thing that people see as a variable is the possible repeal of Roe v. Wade and that being a motivator for a lot of Democratic voters.”


“There’s never been a time…that Democrats have been uniformly more…convinced that they’re going to lose the house in the fall and it could be really, really bad,” he said. “Right now they’re looking at the picture and saying, ‘This is brutal for us’;’ and that’s partly because of the popularity of Biden and the party itself. It’s as if the political situation couldn’t get any worse.

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