Presidents seeking a second term generally campaign on a unifying message, highlighting the work they've done and what they hope to accomplish for the American people in the years ahead. President Trump is choosing instead to reprise the most divisive and racialized themes of his 2016 campaign. But he's doing it at a very different time for the nation, in the midst of a pandemic, recession and racial reckoning. "You would think that he was a challenger running against an incumbent who had done a terrible job," said Cornell Belcher, a Democratic pollster. He points to Trump's speeches over the holiday weekend. At Mount Rushmore Trump described a "merciless campaign to wipe our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children."...
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Trump's Drive On Division And Fear May Not Be A Winning Strategy Come November