November 15, 2021
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POLITICO Playbook: Afghanistan + immigration politics = A divided GOP

ANTI-IMMIGRANT RHETORIC CLOUDS GOP’S AFGHANISTAN MESSAGING — Republicans universally agree that President JOE BIDEN’s bungled handling of the Afghanistan pullout has given them fresh ammunition to attack the commander in chief. Many Democrats think the same. But a major rift is starting to emerge in GOP messaging, as the DONALD TRUMP wing of the party seeks to turn the matter into a base appeal with anti-immigration rhetoric.

Over the past week, most GOP lawmakers have lambasted Biden for abandoning interpreters and Afghan civilians who put their lives at risk to help U.S. troops — and are now…

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