Now that the presidential campaign begins its after Labor Day finale, the question of what Americans know about Trump̵
Trump seems to be betting they don’t. He has continued his attacks on war heroes and generals, even as he tries to show the greatest possible respect for the military. And he opposes efforts to reckon with the country’s racist past, even as he works to convince suburban white voters that he is not racist himself.
Just as the voters’ threshold for bad behavior was tested in the last few days of 2016 when Trump’s vulgar comments on camera about abuse of women rocked the race, this time Americans are once again forced to choose whether or not Trump’s character is for she really matters. In the broad scheme of things then, this was not the case, and he won.
But 2020 could be different: since that race, voters have been bombarded with more examples of the president using raw, sexist, or racist language to eradicate any notion that the office could change him and to stir up the country’s politics .
A choice about character
The 2020 presidential campaign has always focused on character. Even a life-changing pandemic, economic calamity, and national race bill have become tests of the incumbent’s constitution: whether Trump cared enough about a health crisis, whether he understood the suffering of unemployed Americans, and whether he could speak with compassion for those in the United States has historically been oppressed.
He has tried to describe himself as Trump’s moral opposite – and on Sunday, minutes after the president arrived at one of his golf clubs for his presidency’s 296th visit, Biden attended the service at St. Joseph at Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware.
Even Republicans seemed to recognize the character will play a central role in voter decision-making in November, and programmed their Congress last month with personal testimonials to refute suggestions that Trump is loveless, sexist, or racist in the hope to woo suburban voters turned off by the behavior of the president.
“If this is true, it is truly reprehensible. The problem is that given the past conduct and statements made by the President, particularly Sen. McCain, it is believable,” former National Intelligence Director James Clapper told CNN .
Trump was so angry with the article that aides began drafting denial statements almost immediately after it was published, people familiar with the matter said. Trump himself gave a vigorous rejection on a pitch black tarmac on Thursday night, seemingly oblivious to the fact that there were no lights to illuminate his statement.
Hardly anything new
But despite the coordinated chorus of current and former administrators insisting that the President was never other than reverent with American service members, it remains true that some of the information in the article either happened in public or what the President said reflect the past.
Similarly, the portrayals of Trump as a racist contained in Cohen’s book would be more revealing if the president had not advanced a racist conspiracy theory about his predecessor or repeatedly insulted the intelligence of his black critics.
In his book, Cohen recounts Trump ranting Barack Obama after winning the presidency in 2008, quoting him as saying, “Tell me a country run by a black person who doesn’t suck … you are all completely f * cking toilets. “After Nelson Mandela died, Trump allegedly said of South Africa that” Mandela fucked the whole country. Now it’s a shit hole. Fuck Mandela. He wasn’t a leader. “
It is such reports that led Republicans to draw up a list of African Americans during their convention last month to insist that the president is non-racist and concerned with racial harmony.
The steps follow the pattern of the president of mocking attempts to process or reckon with the country’s racial history.
“I don’t think most sane people, paying attention to the facts, would deny that there is racial diversity and a system that has been racist in terms of law enforcement,” said Harris, a California senator and former attorney general , in an exclusive interview with Bash on CNN. “It doesn’t do us good to deny it. Let’s just deal with it. Let’s face it. These may be difficult conversations for some, but they are not difficult conversations for executives, not real executives.”