Yet, in the last two weeks, the Democrats have handed Trump two numbers on a gold plate – and it is already clear that he is taking them. Big
Just as it was happening, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) went to a local radio station and tried to explain his support for legislation that would loosen current restrictions on short-term abortions in the Commonwealth.
"[Third trimester abortions are] done in the cases in which there may be severe deformity. There may be a fetus that is enviable. So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen: the child would be released, the child would be kept at ease, the child would be revived if that was what the mother and the family desired between the doctors and the mother. " The Republicans reacted immediately, insisting that Northam sounded like he was defending infanticide. Northam, a pediatric neurologist, insisted that what he was describing was only in cases of non-viable pregnancies or "severe fetal abnormalities", but the damage was done.
"A ten-year economic mobilization" that would eliminate the use of fossil fuels and overhaul the infrastructure of the nation while building whole levels in the existing social security network … The 14-page resolution calls for a shift towards renewable energy sources and 100% zero emissions and calls for the creation of millions of new high-paying jobs to help eliminate poverty.
Trump repeatedly hammered the "Green New Deal".
"I do not really like their policy of taking your car away, taking away your flights by air, of," We take a train to California, "of …" You are no longer allowed to own cows ", he said.
He also chased the Democrats on abortion.
Democrats are in favor of "allowing children to be torn from the mother's womb until they are born," Trump said at one point. Speaking of Northam in particular, Trump said: "The governor stated that he would even allow a newborn to come out into the world and wrap the baby and make the baby comfortable, and then talk to the mother and talk to the father, perform the child. "
In case you missed the point, Trump punctured him at home like this:" They are becoming the party of socialism, of indefinite abortion, of open borders and of crime " .
But politics is often won by the simple topic or by the easiest summation.
I can imagine the possible Democratic candidate trying to explain that the "Green New Deal" represents a radical – and necessary – rethinking of our energy consumption habits and what they mean for the long-term health of the planet.
And Trump answering saying, "How will I get you to Hawaii? By train?" (A phrase that used to hit Senator Mazie Hirono in Monday's speech.)
And the audience in the debate bursts out laughing.
For those of you – and I know you're out there – who responds to this hypothetical scenario screaming "IS YOUR WORK MADE CHECK THAT", I'd like to remind you of the 2016 campaign. And the myriad of facts check that news organizations they did on Trump. And how, for a lot of people who voted for him, the fact that he lied quite clearly, repeatedly, did not matter. In fact, the idea that media factories often said that Trump did not deal with real facts meant that a fair number of people more likely would vote for him.
Why? Because Trump effectively painted Hillary Clinton, the media and everyone else who did not support him as an indifferent elite. As "other" – people who thought it was their right to tell the average person how to live their lives, even if those same people had zero clues about how normal people lived.
At the root of this strategy is a concession: Trump knows he can not win if the election of 2020 is a kind of referendum on him. Most Americans simply do not like it or think they are doing a good job. The only way to win is to paint his final democratic opponent not only deeply out of touch with the average American, but also more than willing to install a value system that makes the United States seem very similar to the parties less tasty than Europe. [19659013cynical]? MUCH SO. But also Trump's most plausible path for a second term. And one that the Democrats are unknowingly helping and fostering right now.