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Gabe Ortiz on the Michelangelo Signorile Show: Conservative rhetoric warns of 'diseased' immigrants

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After grasping at straws and watching their constituencies struggle with skyrocketing COVID-19 cases, Republican leaders are whipping out their tired old playbook once again. Leaning on racist, xenophobic tropes to instill fear into the base, the GOP hopes that this fearmongering will be able to distort and distract from the party’s abject failure to prioritize and protect American lives during this continued public health crisis.

Earlier this week, Daily Kos staff writer Gabe Ortiz joined the Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM to unpack former president Donald Trump’s continued influence on anti-immigrant rhetoric and talk about why Republicans are still strategizing to limit or shut down immigration, including through the overwhelmingly popular DACA program.

In recent months, especially since President Joe Biden took office, Republican leaders’ misleading rhetoric regarding COVID-19 has reached a fever pitch. Many have repeatedly expressed “concern” that people are coming across the border with COVID, and assert that if we were really concerned about stopping the spread of the virus, we would close the border. Despite this, it is Texans—overwhelmingly white Texans—who are transmitting coronavirus, Signorile noted. “[It’s the] ‘Immigrants bring disease’ kind of trope ... using that as the reasoning.”

This is a strategy the GOP seems to fall back on time and time again when the party becomes embroiled in yet another crisis of its own making and have nothing of........

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