Supposedly that master GOP strategist Jared Kushner thinks the best strategy for Trumpublicans is to hold back on doing what a responsible President would do and address the nation on the feelings of anger and frustration so many feel at the murder of George Floyd. Instead by making drive by Tweets focusing on the violent few that he calls “thugs” (even though many are white and possibly supremacists who voted for him). The theory is that the suburban women who are fleeing the GOP to vote for Biden could come back if they feel threatened by the violence. This is the kind of message that could work if Trump were running against the incumbent party. As Nixon did in 1968. And while Nixon ran on “law and order” in light of the 1967-68 protests, he also ran against the outright racism of 3rd party candidate George Wallace
Trump’s current strategy seems to be to skip Nixon’s appeals for peace and go straight to the Wallace playbook–thus
We’ll see how that works out. Walla’ce was polling near 25% in the summer of ’68, but dropped to nearly half of that by Election Day.
The Trump Republicans deserve a similar routing now. It’s the only way to get a message across. Hopefully they, like Wallace did decades later, repent for their appeals to racism to win elections. But I hold no hope that Trump will ever do such,…
Scott @ Politicaldog101