Author: Michael Tesler

Why Abortion May Now Motivate Democrats More Than Republicans

Abortion has long motivated Republicans as a political issue. But following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in early September not to block Texas’s new law banning most abortions once an ultrasound can detect cardiac activity, usually about six weeks into a pregnancy, many have argued that Democrats may become more motivated by reproductive rights. As […]

Americans Have A Long History Of Opposing Refugees. But Most Support Afghan Asylum Seekers.

It didn’t take long for prominent voices on the political right to begin stoking fears about Afghan citizens fleeing the Taliban’s takeover of the country and coming to the United States. Former President Donald Trump inaccurately claimed that there’s “NO VETTING” of these evacuees, asking, “How many terrorists will Joe Biden bring to America?” “Hillbilly […]

How The Rise Of White Identity Politics Explains The Fight Over Critical Race Theory

Critical race theory is quickly becoming the Republican Party’s favorite culture-war cudgel. From April to mid-July, Fox News mentioned it nearly 2,000 times, per Media Matters, a left-leaning media watchdog that tracks right-leaning media outlets. In fact, since February, mentions of the theory have more than doubled month-over-month on Fox News with prominent Republicans, including […]