Donald Trump is mean, and he believes his meaness will win him another term.
The Los Angeles Times - WASHINGTON —"Speaker after speaker at [the 2020] Republican National Convention painted a benign portrait of President Trump as compassionate, citing his call to a surgery patient and long-ago visit to a theme park, seeking to soften his image as racist and belligerent.Trump has spent nearly every day since blowing up the kinder, gentler version.
He compared a cop who shot a Black man to a golfer who chokes and misses 'a three-foot putt,' shared a fringe conspiracy theory that the nation’s protests are an organized coup against him, and described Black Lives Matter, a driving force in the movement for racial justice, as a 'Marxist organization' that is 'bad for Black people.'
He reposted a baseless theory that the coronavirus has killed only 9,000 Americans and not 184,000. He warned darkly about 'thugs' in 'black uniforms' boarding a plane somewhere. And he has defended a 17-year-old charged with killing two protesters with a military-style rifle in Kenosha, Wis., suggesting it was self-defense."
...and the list could go on. The question is why does Donald Trump undo any positive that he accomplishes or is accomplished on his behalf. The answer lies in his base.
Trump is emotionally appealing to his base. He wants them to react. He accomplishes this goal because he understands how the base feels.
Trump's base does believe that Black Lives Matters is a Marxist organization and that is not only bad for black people, but bad for America. Trump's base has a segment that buys into Trump's conspiracy theories and his negative characterizations of his opposition. Trump has a snapshot into how his base feels and he uses every tool at his disposal to keep the base motivated to vote.
Trump's strategy is to keep enthusiasm high by appealing to the strong emotions of his base. He will continue to do so to keep the enthusiasm high through Election Day.
It worked for Trump in 2016, so why not 2020?
With Trump, mean works...at least he thinks so.
Read Trump blows up compassionate image portrayed at RNC | The Los Angeles Times
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