In his latest screed, Trump made the usual nonsense claims, hoping to gain support from independents who might be afraid of PoC and poor people. Because no one’s heard of the FHA, Trump wants people in McMansions to vote for him, even if his claims about higher home prices is more about house flippers and banks.
And because everyone should be afraid of federal takeovers of the suburbs? Arcane claims from even more anachronistic analysis, as Trump warps complex ideas with simple memes plus a subtext of grifting.
Donald Trump says Joe Biden wants to abolish the suburbs. But polls show a different truth: The suburbs want to abolish Donald Trump.
If current numbers hold, the Republican Party will suffer its worst defeat in the suburbs in decades — with implications reaching far beyond November.
It was in the suburbs two years ago that Democrats built their House majority, ripping through Republican-held territory across the country, from Minnesota and Texas to Georgia, Virginia and Illinois.It would be bad enough for the GOP if that had been a temporary setback. But with the prospect of a second straight collapse in the suburbs this year, it is beginning to look like a wholesale retreat.
“We can’t give up more ground in the suburbs nationally without having a real problem for our party,” said Charles Hellwig, a former chair of the Republican Party in Wake County, N.C., describing a landscape in which “every year, every month, every day, we get a little bluer.”
It is the same story in suburbs everywhere. In a Fox News poll last weekend, Trump was trailing Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, by 11 percentage points in the suburbs. An ABC News/Washington Post poll had Trump down 9 percentage points there — larger margins in the suburbs than exit polls have recorded since the 1980s, when Republicans were winning there by double digits.
That polling reflects a dramatic swing from 2016, when Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the suburbs by 4 percentage points. Trump’s erosion in the suburbs is a major reason the electoral map this year has expanded for Democrats in recent weeks — with Trump in danger not only of losing, but of taking the Senate down with him. And demographic shifts are only becoming more favorable to Democrats. The suburbs are rapidly growing, and by 2018, according to Pew, people of color made up nearly a third of suburban population.
Trump is amplifying the delusion of a National Review article mongering the fear of making suburbs into what, inner cities? It’s still covert racism, aside from poor historical analysis. Stanley Kurtz implies that self-governance superseded urbanization “since the Pilgrims”?
Presto! “The dream of the radical left, federal urbanization of the suburbs, like socialist summer camp taught us!” Note that there is no empirical evidence of this short of science fiction musings. Nutter conservatives’ need to resist modernization could include insidious urbanization as well. After all, there are no suburbs in Star Wars.