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Wed Sep 15, 2021, 10:48 AM

Trump Aides Aim To Build GOP Opposition To Afghan Refugees



09/15/2021 08:33 am ET
Trump Aides Aim To Build GOP Opposition To Afghan Refugees
The former president has insisted that the refugees are a threat. Trump adviser Stephen Miller said his focus is on convincing members of Congress.


WASHINGTON (AP) ó As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban arrive in the U.S., a handful of former Trump administration officials are working to turn Republicans against them.

The former officials are writing position papers, appearing on conservative television outlets and meeting privately with GOP lawmakers ó all in an effort to turn the collapse of Afghanistan into another opportunity to push a hard-line immigration agenda.

ďIt is a collaboration based on mutual conviction,Ē said Stephen Miller, the architect of President Donald Trumpís most conservative immigration policies and among those engaged on the issue. ďMy emphasis has been in talking to members of Congress to build support for opposing the Biden administrationís overall refugee plans.Ē


The approach isnít embraced by all Republican leaders, with some calling it mean-spirited and at odds with Christian teachings that are important to the white evangelicals who play a critical role in the partyís base. The strategy relies on tactics that were commonplace during Trumpís tenure and that turned off many voters, including racist tropes, fear-mongering and false allegations.

And the hard-liners pay little heed to the human reality unfolding in Afghanistan, where those who worked with Americans during the war are desperate to flee for fear they could be killed by the new Taliban regime.

But the Republicans pushing the issue are betting they can open a new front in the culture wars they have been fighting since President Joe Bidenís election by combining the anti-immigrant sentiment that helped fuel Trumpís political rise with widespread dissatisfaction with the Afghan withdrawal. That, they hope, could keep GOP voters motivated heading into next yearís midterms, when control of Congress is at stake.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 10:52 AM

1. They love the Afghani people. They just don't want them living in their neighborhood.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 12:45 PM

9. Nah, they don't love the Afghani people, they loved using them to make more money.

Once that opportunity was gone they had no love or use for them. Throw aways, just like they did to the Kurds.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 10:53 AM

2. tfg's aides may be the least relevant people on the face of the earth.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 10:54 AM

3. Depraved

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 10:59 AM

4. Of course they are. Stephen "Goebbels" Miller is a Nazi.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 11:06 AM

5. This severely undercuts one of the most effective (false) Republican talking points against Biden

Namely, that he abandoned all of those brave Afghan translators (and their families) who fought shoulder to shoulder with U.S. Troops against the Taliban. The talking point is cynically unfair of course. Trump's administration sabotaged the process used to get Visas to the U.S. for our Afghan allies, and planned to rush the U'S. out of Afghanistan 4 months earlier than Biden extended our presence there for. Meanwhile Biden's Administration sped up the paper work process for visas before the sudden total collapse of the Afghan government knocked the floor out from under us. But still the thought of American allies being left to their fate with the Taliban justifiably pains many. Trump's allies are throwing away their claim for sympathy toward the plight of Afghan translators if they organize to demonize their refugee status in America. Yes that plays to the xenophobic right, but it negates one of their most effective talking points with American centrists and the veterans of Middle East combat. It will also re frame the mainstream media narrative in ways unfavorable to Republicans, just when the media had been predisposed to beat up on Biden over Afghanistan.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 11:11 AM

6. Because that's what racist bullies do

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 11:19 AM

7. Dump aides - still shuckin' and jivin' for the FORMER guy. what a sad existence.

IMO, they're just helping make his stupid ass more irrelevant and giving voters another reason to dump the GQP.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 11:21 AM

8. And there it is. Idiot wanted to sign the contract with the Taliban and didn't have any

intentions to evacuate the Afghanistan allies. Which just goes to show, that if the evacuation had taken place under Trump, things would have been worse. Much worse.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 02:25 PM

10. Republicans betray everything honorable, including their own Holy Book

Republicans are the infidel Judas Cult of these Latter Daze.

Betrayers (R).

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