and his GOP disciples are already far along in implementing his
reelection agenda for 2020 and systematically executing several
schemes designed to increase the turnout of conservative white voters
while lowering that of their minority counterparts. In the meantime,
Democrats appear to have been lulled to political sleep by Biden’s
continuing lead in national and in key battleground state polls and
do not understand that Trump’s polling deficit in the
battlefield states has been consistently within and/or near the
margin of error.
he can maintain his present status, he can win. Trump is relying on
the tried-and-true approach to winning elections, getting more of
your voters to the polls than your opponent does, and he is putting
the strategies into place to do just that as evidenced by the 2:1
advantage of Trump’s voter enthusiasm over Biden’s voter
print and broadcast media are, perhaps unwittingly, rallying Trump’s
voters to stand with him while he continuously feeds their political
appetites with hearty doses of racial intolerance, anti-immigrant
fervor, white nationalism, and an embrace of the Confederacy as the
favored history of our nation.
voters are gearing up to turn out in unprecedented numbers while
Biden’s campaign continues to coast without giving adequate
attention to the possibility of the rising of a last minute,
unexpected political tsunami capable of derailing his march to
victory. In addition, Biden and the Democrats seem unable to accept
the fact that there are no boundaries to what Trump will do to win.
He will sacrifice anyone, commit any political crime, and go beyond
all limits of personal and political decency to prevail!
is already on track to sanction the deaths of school children and
their teachers with his insistent push to reopen schools by fall
despite the surge in COVID-19 infection and increasing deaths. Many
have concluded that this is another example of his poor presidential
leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, but a closer analysis
reveals a more sinister political plan.
the COVID-19 crisis is occurring in red states which Trump won in
2016 but is trailing in now—Florida, Arizona, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and North Carolina—this distraction
could yield rich electoral returns. During the chaos that will
surely ensue once school openings start, Trump’s Republican
acolytes, who are in political control in nearly all the
aforementioned states, will spring into action to suppress minority
turnout as it will determine whether Trump or Biden carries the
procedures will include: long voting lines, the further reduction of
voting precincts in communities of color, voter ID challenges in
those states where it is a requirement, eleventh hour purging of
minority voters from the rolls, and the escalating fear of the
pandemic and general indifference once the deaths among voters’
family members rise.
a result, the first-time experience of having to vote under such dire
circumstances places Democratic voters, with already documented
moderate to low enthusiasm for Biden, at a distinct disadvantage. On
the other hand, Trump voters are accustomed to looking past his
constantly evolving antics. His campaign operatives are in regular
contact with his 30-42 percent base and continuously revving up their
piggybacking of political schisms in the progressive and African
American communities is a second distraction that could cause a lack
of focus within the Biden campaign. In Atlanta, Paul Howard, the
Fulton County district attorney who filed felony murder charges
against the white cop, Garrett Rolfe, who shot Rayshard Brooks, a
Black man, in the back, as he ran away with no weapon, is being
challenged by Fani Willis, a Black female and Howard’s former
white candidate for mayor of Atlanta and a Trump supporter, Mary
Norwood, is backing Willis who bested Howard, a two-decade incumbent,
by six percentage points in the primary. Howard is currently under
investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for ethics
violations. Norwood has also enlisted her wealthy white benefactors
to fund Willis as well.
Atlanta police union and the current and former African American
police chiefs have also endorsed Willis. This race has split the
political allegiances and interests of the Black community. Although
the runoff is scheduled for August 11th,
the animosities are likely to carry over to the November election.
This conundrum could dampen any prospects of Georgia being in play
for Biden on November 3rd.
diversions are placing Trump in a competitive position, enhancing his
ability to maintain his edge, and may help him win the state again
and secure his reelection. Trump has proven that he is a master at
causing political upheavals. So we can be certain that there will be
other manufactured political diversions as he goes into the last
months of the campaign.
its moral and political repulsiveness, Trump’s sinister
manipulation of COVID-19 for political advantage may prove to have a
silver lining as he pulls out all stops for victory. Biden appears
to be on a glide path to the presidency, but it is still too early
for him to be measuring drapes for the Oval Office.
urged before, if Democrats and Biden hope to retake the Presidency
and the Senate, they will be wise to step up their ground game and
energize their voters. Democratic base turnout will be the key to
winning, as it proved not to be in the 2016 election. Another 59
percent-level participation rate among African Americans—the
lowest since 2000—will not propel Biden over the top.