“Let’s have a debate about ideas. Let’s not have a debate about who could send out the nastiest rhetoric,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told Bold TV when asked for a closing argument heading into Election Day.
“African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, women, men — everyone’s succeeding, and everyone’s climbing up the ladder, and it doesn’t matter the successes they’re seeing, because the people who are against him are against him just because they don’t like him,” Gidley said. “And that’s difficult, and every time we see a success, he’ll get knocked down as having hate in his heart.”
“As opposed to having a different opinion, as opposed to saying ‘We need to look at birthright citizenship,’ for example, let’s open debate, have a conversation, let’s send it to the Supreme Court,” Gidley continued. “Immediately he’s labeled as a racist. Immediately he’s labeled as a bigot. You never want to repeat the negativity on the charge, but let’s be honest what we’re doing here. Whenever the President does any action, he gets chided for it in those terms. It can’t just be a differing of opinion, so my advice is, as I started this answer, we need to have open and honest discussions about where we take this country, but everyone who disagrees with you is not automatically a nasty name, is not automatically doing it because they have some deep seeded hatred for you personally, or for your just overall being, they just disagree with you. That’s where the debate needs to go. Lets have a debate about ideas, let’s not have a debate about who could send out the nastiest rhetoric.”
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Carrie Sheffield is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others. A founding POLITICO reporter, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes and wrote editorials for The Washington Times. After earning a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, she managed credit risk at Goldman Sachs and researched for American Enterprise Institute scholar Edward Conard. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.