— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) September 11, 2020
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) September 11, 2020
— Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) September 11, 2020
— David Freedlander (@freedlander) September 11, 2020
— Gregg Smith 🇺🇸 (@10milesbadroad) September 11, 2020
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 30, 2020
President Trump cannot run on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with fatalities projected to possibly hit 250,000 by Election Day. He cannot run on the economy, when nearly 30 million Americans remain unemployed. It is not surprising that, just as he did in 2016 and 2018, he resorts to race-baiting and culture wars (which often overlap). He believes his base is deeply antagonistic toward nonwhites and intends to act as its defender. The problem for him is that he is on the losing side of the most pressing social issues.When it comes to serenity in the suburbs and elsewhere, polls show that he trails Democratic nominee Joe Biden. In a Morning Consult-Politico survey, Biden leads 47 percent to 39 percent on who voters trust when it comes to public safety. Fifty percent of likely voters in a recent Quinnipiac poll said Trump made them feel less safe, 10 percentage points higher than said the same of Biden. Last week’s ABC News-Ipsos poll found 55 percent think Trump is making civil unrest worse, while only 13 percent said he is calming the situation. Biden’s polling in Wisconsin, where recent police clashes and the killing of two protesters followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake, remains strong. Chalk up a win for Biden, then, on the “law and order” issue.Other aspects of the culture wars are not going any better for Trump. A Post poll found that “a majority of Americans, including a majority of football fans, says it is acceptable for professional athletes to kneel during the national anthem, and an even larger percentage say athletes should use their platforms to tackle social issues.” It is not even close. “Despite cries for athletes to ‘stick to sports,’ particularly from conservative pundits and politicians, a 62 percent majority of Americans say professional athletes should use their platforms to express their views on national issues.” Trump strongly opposes protests by athletes and, at one point, called them “sons of b—–s” for kneeling during the national anthem.
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) September 11, 2020