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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Mumble Your Abortion

Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard advised Democrats not to say the word “abortion” when trying to pitch black Americans on the party’s pro-abortion agenda, according to The New York Times.

THE QUOTE

Smith-Pollard told the Times that the most effective way to message abortion rights to her fellow black people — who tend to be more socially conservative than Democrats overall — “would be like having to have the conversation without the word abortion.”

  • “We were all clear that this is about abortion, but this is not just about abortion,” she added, saying rollbacks of abortion rights should be framed in terms of “the implication on other rights — civil rights.”
  • Eric McDaniel, the co-director of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity Lab at the University of Texas at Austin, agreed with Smith-Pollard, telling the Times: “If the Democratic Party really wanted to appeal to Black Christians about reproductive rights, they would have to package it in a very specific way. If they’re going to talk about it, they have to frame this as, ‘This is just part of a larger assault on your rights.'”

MEANWHILE

Democrats have been struggling to hold on to minority votes they long took for granted, partly due to the leftward tilt of the party’s messaging in recent years.

  • Former President Donald Trump gained minority votes in the 2020 election, a trend for Republican candidates that appears to be continuing into the midterms.
  • Mexican-born Rep. Mayra Flores, R-Texas, heightened the panic on the left by winning a June special election in Beto O’Rourke’s former district.

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