Driven by fear: Trump has sealed himself in the Fox News bunker
With the most extraordinary, socially distanced, Democratic National Convention in the history books, the American people and the media await Donald Trump's response. Joe Biden was given high marks for his acceptance speech that displayed equal parts experience, empathy, and the cool-headed demeanor of a leader intent on uniting a fractured nation.
Nobody expects Trump to exhibit any of the personal qualities that have earned Biden such steady and broad-based support. To the contrary, it's almost guaranteed that Trump will deliver another in his series of dystopian "American Carnage" tirades aimed at frightening his cult disciples into lining up behind his platform of bigotry, elitism, and totalitarian rule. He gave a preview of sorts (video below) when speaking Friday before the Council for National Policy, a secretive organization of wealthy right-wing donors, lobbyists, and political operatives, saying that...
“If our opponents prevail, no one will be safe in our country and no one will be spared. Including the people who helped fund. They think they're gonna be best pals. They're not gonna be best pals. They'll be terminated just like many others. I'm the only thing standing between the American dream and total anarchy, madness and chaos. And that's what it is."
HOLY SHIH TZU! "No one will be spared." "They'll be terminated." And Trump, the sole hope for salvation, also warned that "If we don't win it's all gone." This will be the theme of the Republican National Convention next week. Vote for Trump, or DIE! Which is ironic considering how many people are now dead (177,000+) because they did for Trump in 2016.
With the economy in recession, millions unemployed, a deadly pandemic that is still out of control, civil unrest, and international humiliation, Trump has nothing left to run on but fear. Consequently, he has been trying to define Democrats as monsters. And Biden, a bona fide, old school moderate, is being characterized as a puppet of scary leftist radicals.
Since it is now impossible for Trump to cast himself as anything but a hostile, racist, egomaniacal, pathological liar, he is focused on trying to bring Biden down to his level. That's quite an ambitious objective. Trump has been maligning Biden's mental health for months, but voters still see Trump as the one who is most psychologically impaired. And what does it say about Trump if he's losing bigly to someone he says is a mentally deficient socialist? As for trust, PolitiFact scored Biden's acceptance speech and not a single statement that was checked was deemed false. Do we really have any doubt about how Trump will fare in that respect next week?
In the meantime, Fox News is the only cable news network that did not air the Democratic convention live, except for the headline speeches. Will they program the RNC the same way? Doubtful. Not that it matters much since Fox's viewers won't be voting for Biden anyway.
A bigger problem for Trump is that Fox News is now the only cable news network that does air his phony coronavirus briefings live. CNN and MSNBC appear to have seen the light and recognized that they were brazenly political affairs that used the White House to exploit a deadly pandemic in order to boost Trump's floundering reelection prospects. And, of course, Fox has exclusive rights to Trump's "interviews" by Trump-fluffers like Sean Hannity, Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs, and the "Curvy Couch" potatoes of Fox and Friends.
The result is that these days Trump is only seen on Fox News, whose viewers are already supporting him. So he can't possibly expand his base beyond the worshipful audience of Foxic true believers. and there aren't enough of them to win an election. Trump has been mocking Biden for allegedly staying in his Delaware basement (which isn't true), but Trump's fear has him locked up in a different kind of bunker.
While Trump did venture out during the Democratic convention in an effort to grab some attention for himself, that effort failed because only Fox News covered it. He didn't even come out of the Fox bubble after the DNC, instead sending Mike Pence to fill in for him on five morning shows. But the American people know a coward when they see one. And by limiting his exposure to the friendly faces of Fox News, Trump is effectively surrendering.
President Trump: "I'm the only thing standing between the American Dream and total anarchy, madness, and chaos." https://t.co/CnL94d0KW0— The Hill (@The Hill) 1598030980