dog-whistle

dog-whistle

adj
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) relating to the targeting of potentially controversial messages to specific voters while avoiding offending those voters with whom the message will not be popular: dog-whistle politics.
vb
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (intr) to employ this kind of political strategy
[C21: from the fact that a dog whistle operates at frequencies that can be heard only by dogs]
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In this context, anti-Ahmadi hate speech could be construed as dog-whistle politics aimed at appealing to sections of the electorate that may have been defecting to more overtly religious organizations.
There's a tremendous dog-whistle aspect to his Make America Great Again message," he said.
I had to look up some websites to find examples, because I missed dog-whistle class.
Anyway, this kind of base, dog-whistle anger-aggregation was the Trump campaign specialty, and it in addition to Russia's assistance, voter suppression and some folks' heritage panic propelled Trump to victory.
But while Farage resorts to the dog-whistle method of blaming immigrants for all social ills, Corbyn adopts class war rhetoric that most Labour politicians have shied away from for many years.
I find it shameful that the new Prime Minister should employ such dog-whistle politics to distract Brexit voters while she tries to unite her bitterly divided party on an EU exit strategy.
I think it is much more insidious," Anderson said, as Trump was clearly engaging in dog-whistle politics:
Such dog-whistle tactics allowed candidates and their supporters to deny that they were explicitly endorsing racism.
According to a glossy "alternate future" video put out by the Leave campaign this week - think Sliding Doors but with less Gwyneth Paltrow and more dog-whistle racism - it's because of the EU that we have to wait to be seen in A&E.
To many, that was a dog-whistle attempt to link a Muslim candidate to extremism, to play on popular concerns about terrorism and the like.
Our appalling dog-whistle campaign lost us the election, our reputation and credibility on issues of race and religion," she said.