Conservative explains why Trump's message of ‘American carnage’ might scare swing voters ‘right into the arms of Democrats’

Conservative explains why Trump's message of ‘American carnage’ might scare swing voters ‘right into the arms of Democrats’
President Donald J. Trump speaks with laboratory personnel during a tour Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Morrisville, N.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Many political historians and pundits have pointed out the similarities between the “law-and-order” message of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and the “law-and-order” message that Richard Nixon and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace (a notorious segregationist) emphasized in their 1968 presidential campaigns. But there is a key difference between Trump in 2020 and Nixon and Wallace 52 years ago: Trump is an incumbent president. And Never Trump conservative Amanda Carpenter, in an August 24 article for The Bulwark, argues that Trump’s fear-mongering might backfire and end up helping former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.

“Given President Trump’s inability to run a positive campaign based on his record over the last four years,” Carpenter writes, “he only has one chance of winning re-election: scaring the ever-living crap out of the Republican base.”

Trump, Carpenter humorously adds, is “asking housewives who aren’t yet brainwashed by QAnon wellness influencers on Instagram to believe the suburbs will be pillaged and looted by a roving mob of Black Lives Matter socialists led by Cory Booker. Heaven forbid, the hug-it-out New Jersey senator might bring you over some vegan cupcakes while he’s spreading ‘radical love’ through the neighborhood. Yikes!”

Carpenter notes that Trump also had a message of fear in the 2018 midterms.

“How did that work out?,” she asks. “Democrats took control of the House by flipping 41 Republican seats and notching the largest all-time margin of victory in history.”

Now, in 2020, Carpenter adds, Trump is “going back to that same playbook” and is once again “putting all his bets on the politics of fear.”

Carpenter argues, “For those of us outside of the Fox News bubble of doom, however, what’s more frightening? Trump — and his utter failure in containing the coronavirus, authoritarian response to summer protests, and continued reign of chaos — or Biden? One guy presided over the deaths of 176,000 Americans, killed the economy, and gassed peaceful protesters. The other guy’s main risk to our national security is that he gives his phone number out to random people too much.”

According to Carpenter, Trump’s emphasis on fear-mongering might scare some swing voters — who will realize that the “American carnage” Trump talks about has been occurring on his watch.

“Trump’s conspiracy-laden, fear-based campaign may very well be successful, just not in the way he expects,” Carpenter emphasizes. “If all that voters see in the run-up to the November elections is more American carnage under the Trump presidency, they most likely will be scared right into the arms of Democrats. This time around, it’s Trump who is the boogeyman starring in our national political nightmare.”


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