Trump is leaving minority votes on the table

November 23, 2020

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RONALD BROWNSTEIN

President Donald Trump appears determined to end this stage of his political career the same way he began it: by promoting a racist conspiracy theory.

Just as he began his long march to the White House by touting the racist “birther theory” that Barack Obama was not an American citizen, Trump and his allies are choregraphing his slow walk away from the Oval Office to a backbeat of accusations that the election was stolen from him in heavily African American cities such as Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Atlanta.

These charges of urban voting fraud — the distant bookend to his birther slanders — underscore how much Trump’s political message revolves around convincing his coalition that an insidious combination of disdainful elites and dangerous minorities is unfairly taking away “our country,” as he often calls America.

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