I stayed up and watched Trump’s speech from Mt Rushmore live on Fox News last night.
It was probably the ‘best’ speech of his Presidency in that it appealed broadly to Republicans and Independents.
His zeroing in on culture war was clever…
“Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress.”
“Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.”
“Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity, so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny. In toppling the heroes of 1776, they seek to dissolve the bonds of love and loyalty that we feel for our country, and that we feel for each other. Their goal is not a better America, their goal is the end of America.”
…many Americans may have agreed with the anger and outrage of Black Lives Matter after the brutal killing of George Floyd, and they may have agreed with the pulling down of Confederate Statues, but when the very woke want to start pulling down statues of treasured founding fathers, many Americans might recoil.
Trump was desperately trying to appeal to that audience and it was a very good speech playing to those culture war fears.
My reading is that many Americans have had negative interactions with Police and that there is a genuine sense that the Cops have become a law unto themselves and require urgent reform combined with Trump’s spectacular failure with Covid meaning that Trump and the Republicans are looking at one of the great defeats in American Political History.
The way Covid is carving through Republican territory right now, Trump has forgotten the first responsibility of the State, to protect the people and ‘his’ people are the ones suffering.
The only way Trump wins now, will be by suppressing the vote in such an enormous way, (because of Covid restrictions), that he just attempts to gerrymander the vote outright.
I think Mt Rushmore is the last gasp of a toxic President who was always Intellectually out of his depth and whose ignorance damaged the Presidency almost beyond repair.
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