[Ed. – Another finger wagging from Trump’s conservative base. While he heed their advice?]
On the two big national issues of 2020, the president has not shined. True, the media coverage of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests and demonstrations following the death of George Floyd has been biased as usual. Even so, he was less than impressive.
Nor has he come to grips with one of his biggest problems: talking too loosely and haughtily in public. This allows the press to play up his impolitic comments and treat his policy successes as secondary. The Washington Post lives on Trump’s faux pas.
So why does the president still have a serious shot at reelection? Two reasons. One is the largely untapped issue of Democratic state and local officials’ inability to deal with violence and unrest. One can imagine Trump arguing that by tolerating bad behavior, they actually cause it.