Trump's new pitch to voters: Blue states are 'going to hell'
President Trump, who is doing poorly on new national polls, made a bold new appeal to voters during his epic live tweet on Monday of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett: Parts of America are going "To Hell: Vote Trump!"
Trump, who has often ridiculed democratically ruled states, has highlighted three of them as particularly unfortunate.
California is going to hell. Vote Trump!
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2020
Together, California, New York, and Illinois make up 20 percent of the US population. All of them, and the largest cities in them, are run by Democrats.
Trump's party-political analysis of the country is nothing new. On September 16, two weeks before announcing that he was infected with COVID-19, Trump qualified the number of infections and deaths from the disease in the US by saying, "This is despite the fact that the blue states Had tremendous death rates. If you take the blue states out, we're at a level I don't think anyone in the world would be at. "
President Trump speaks to supporters from the Blue Room balcony in the White House on Saturday in Washington, DC (Jabin Botsford / Washington Post via Getty Images).
Since his election in 2016, Trump has regularly sought to divide the nation on political ideology. After the murder of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis, he shifted the focus of his re-election campaign to the maintenance of "law and order". At a time when the coronavirus pandemic was worsening across the country and the U.S. economy had shed millions of jobs, Trump promoted dubious claims to draw attention to rising crime rates.
"You hear from certain places like Chicago and you hear what is going on in Detroit and others - other cities that are all run by Democrats," he told reporters on June 24th. Each of them are run by Democrats. Twenty out of twenty. The 20 worst and the 20 most dangerous are Democrat-led. "
On August 15, he tweeted Republican activist Brandon Straka, who had written that America should “leave democratic cities. Let them rot. "
In a tweet two weeks later, Trump tried again to identify the Democratic Party with the crime itself.
Trump's attacks on democratically run cities and states are a continuation of his message from the 2016 campaign, except that he then also blamed the Obama administration. In an interview with Bill O'Reilly earlier this year, Trump expressed what he would do about urban crime and deep distrust of the police among some residents of places like Chicago, admitting that as president he is really just "a cheerleader." for the law could be enforcement. Yet even a year after his election, Trump claimed the violence in Chicago was "easily remedied" if not the "political correctness" of liberal politicians.
Trump has on many occasions differentiated between those parts of the country that support him and those that do not, giving his opponent Joe Biden the opportunity to swear that he will be president "for all Americans."
Without an unprecedented political realignment in states like California, New York and Illinois, Trump's theory that all inner-city problems would go away if only Democrats were replaced by Republicans and America let the police do their job without interference is unlikely to break out Is put to the test.
However, evidence is already coming in from the president's mouth that the Trump administration has imposed law and order in the four years it has been in power.
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