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‘Dangerous levels of contempt’: Trump deploys a convention to attack Dems on religion

Aug 25, 2020

By Gabby Orr

He’s waved a Bible in front of a shuttered church. He’s pushed to reopen worship houses despite evidence of being coronavirus super spreaders. He’s shouted, tweeted and whispered at every level that he’d support the aims of religious conservatives.

And now President Donald Trump is using the 2020 Republican convention stage to make one last pitch: Please don’t defect to Joe Biden.

Facing signs of slippage in his appeal among religious voters who helped seal his victory in 2016, Trump is carving out a deliberate and vocal message this week to evangelicals and Catholics who may be tempted to stay home on Election Day due to frustrations over the faltering U.S. economy, ongoing coronavirus pandemic or recent Supreme Court losses. Through night after night of programming, the president’s team hopes to remind religious Americans of the battles Trump has fought on numerous cultural fronts and scare them into believing their lives will irrevocably change if Democrats rise to power.

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2 comments on “‘Dangerous levels of contempt’: Trump deploys a convention to attack Dems on religion

  • I remember the Rob Reiner movie “The American President” (1995) where at the end POTUS at the press conference says about his opponent’s election campaign strategy: “Making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections!”


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  • And now President Donald Trump is using the 2020 Republican convention stage to make one last pitch: Please don’t defect to Joe Biden.

    That is a careless assertion.

    There is nothing to indicate this is Trump’s Hail Mary pass. As a matter of fact, I expect to see appeals to evangelicals heat up in the next couple of months.

    It looks like Falwell Jr suddenly has a lot of unplanned free time. Maybe he and Pence could team up out there on the campaign trail.


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