What’s in an Adjective? ‘Democrat Party’ Label on the Rise

The intentional misuse of “Democrat” as an adjective has caught on with Republicans and far-right elements that were energized by the Trump presidency.

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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2021, file photo, a sign directs Republican and Democrat legislators to their parking areas as a N.H. State Trooper watches the flow of traffic prior to a New Hampshire House of Representatives session held at NH Sportsplex, due to the coronavirus in Bedford, N.H. Amid calls to dial back hyper political partisanship, two letters are among the obstacles standing in the way. Republicans, including the lawyers who defended former President Donald Trump during last week’s impeachment trial, routinely drop the “i-c” when referring to the Democratic Party or its policies. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two days before the assault on the U.S. Capitol, Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican, said supporters of then-President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud were basically in a “death match with the Democrat Party.” A day later, right-wing activist Alan Hostetter, a staunch Trump supporter known for railing against California’s virus-inspired stay-at-home orders, urged rallygoers in Washington to “put the fear of God in the cowards, the traitors, the…

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