Majority of Republicans now support Medicare for All, GOP responds by stoking xenophobia, racism.

The Senate’s Medicare For All bill is co-sponsored by Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and over a dozen others. The House version of the bill has 123 co-sponsors.

Seventy percent of Americans say they support Medicare for All. This platform is a winning message. It wins over all voters, even Republicans. Yes, that’s right, even Republicans, a majority of whom now support Medicare For All:

More than half of Republicans in a new American Barometer poll say they support “Medicare for all,” also known as a single-payer health-care system.

The survey, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found that 52 percent of Republicans polled said they supported the option, while 48 percent said they opposed it.

Twenty-five percent said they “strongly” supported “Medicare for all,” while 27 percent said they “somewhat” supported it. —…

So of course, when faced with the fact that their policies are deeply disliked by most Americans, Republican politicians have resorted to xenophobia and race-baiting.

Several hundred families are fleeing conflict in Honduras and Guatemala. They hope to reach the relative safety of central Mexico and the US. They have undertaken an arduous journey, traveling on foot through much of Central America. This journey involves so much loss and pain. As anyone who has moved from one place to another will tell you, such a decision is never easy. Leaving behind the familiar, is never easy. Leaving home is not a choice made lightly.

Traveling among all this loss is a 6 year old child, pictured above. She is crying because she lost the stuffed animal someone gave her. There is no time to stop and look, her family must keep moving. I have young children, and I am keenly aware of how helpless her parents must feel in the face of their child’s tears. My daughter often wears a polka dot dress similar to the one Naomi is wearing above.

The people undertaking this journey know that the Mexican government that is ambivalent towards their presence. Beyond Mexico lies a US administration that is adamantly opposed to them exercising their right to refuge. And yes, they have this right. The US is party to the 1967 multi-lateral treaty governing the status of refugees. As with all treaties to which the US is party, this one is a supreme law of our land. It grants refugees the right to seek refuge at the US border. This treaty and others were written after World War II where millions were lost to genocide and war.

The current administration is operating in a lawless manner by undermining these treaties. It has  kidnapped the children of migrants and refugees. It has promulgated rules designed to undermine these treaties. It has appointed judges instructed to dismiss all claims for refuge.

In this effort, the administration has utilized racist, xenophobic propaganda to stoke racism and xenophobia. The present administration is making a transparent attempt to stoke these fires before the November 6 election.

It is being aided in this effort by well connected Republicans. Gini Thomas is the wife of a sitting supreme court justice. She has also been a well-paid Republican operative for decades. Mrs. Thomas shared a false conspiracy theory with doctored images meant to malign refugees. Kelly Johnston, a Republican operative who also a chief lobbyist for Cambell Soup Co, shared another false conspiracy theory. I refuse to post either of them here, or amplify them.

The media should not be amplifying Republican talking points and their racist, xeonophobic fear-mongering either. But sadly, they are: 

We should counter these conspiracy theories, but we should quickly pivot to the things that matter most to Americans heading into the November 6th election. Thankfully, there is a good set of ads out there that you can amplify.

Here’s a little clip that vividly demonstrates the promises Trump and his gang have broken to American workers.

This is somewhat off-topic, but if you’ve read this far, I want to highlight a twitter thread that does an admirable job of talking about how a reactionary Supreme Court sought to undermine equal rights in our past.

— @subirgrewal

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