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Trump might not the necessary evil that he claims to be, “mainlining from Fox a daily picture of the protests”, and cares about nothing other than keeping his base, assuming that the battleground states will stay close.
The problem is that Democrats are never on the side of anarchists, nor are they on the side of fascists.
Ã¢ÂÂ Christiaan Triebert (@trbrtc) July 28, 2020
For Trump, Fox News has two functions: With some exceptions, it largely functions as his “shameless propaganda outlet,” as Margaret Sullivan put it, aggressively inflating his successes and faithfully pushing his messages. When Fox occasionally departs from this role, Trump rages at it as a form of deep betrayal.
Yet for precisely this reason, Fox also functions as a kind of security blanket: It persuades Trump that he’s succeeding, which provides an effective reality distortion field against outside criticism.
Ã¢ÂÂ Washington Post Opinions (@PostOpinions) July 28, 2020
On Fox, protests show Trump’s glorious strength
“I’m not sure there are many undecided people in this country, so it’s more a question of tending to your base and turning them out,” Barry Bennett added. “I get why he doesn’t like the Fox polling. But tweeting about that isn’t going to get you any votes.”
With fewer than 100 days to go until Election Day, President Donald Trump and his chief political advisers are barely lifting a finger to expand his coalition of potential voters. Instead, they are desperately attempting to turn out Republicans, prevent his base from fracturing, and ward off conservative defections that would seal his fate as a self-described one-term “loser.”
It’s an election strategy that has left others in the Republican Party equal parts perplexed and paralyzed—fearful of the president’s wrath but also confused about why he isn’t making any sustained effort to expand his electoral coalition.
Ã¢ÂÂ Timothy Snyder (@TimothyDSnyder) July 28, 2020
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