The Republican Party is doing pretty well electorally with its current strategy of wooing an overwhelmingly White voting coalition while using tactics such as aggressive gerrymandering and voting restrictions to overcome its lack of a national majority or appeal to many voters of color. But sustaining this path in a diversifying nation — a trend underscored dramatically by the release this week of 2020 Census data — requires increasingly racist and antidemocratic actions and rhetoric. While my policy preferences are closer to those of the Democrats, I desperately want an avowedly multiracial and pro-democracy Republican Party that hasn’t given up on winning a majority of the national popular vote — because that would be best for the country.
The Republicans can still become that party. How? I suggest Republicans think: “What would appeal to Black people who might currently vote Democratic but aren’t progressives?”
3. Back away from Fox News. Angry Republicanism is what you hear on Fox News and conservative talk radio and from Trump-allied Christian conservative leaders. This kind of Republicanism is centered around anxiety about the demographic changes that are making the country less White and Christian. Unsurprisingly, it often turns off even conservative-leaning Black people, other non-White Americans, LGBTQ people and younger voters in particular. It will be hard for Republicans to win the support of a majority of Americans if they remain obsessed with exciting Fox News viewers.