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Trump campaign ‘retooling’ because scaremongering ads have blown up in the president’s face: Election analyst

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On CNN Saturday, Niskanen Center political scientist Rachel Bitecofer explained how President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has realized their strategy of trying to scare voters about crime and defunded police departments is backfiring.

“You’ve seen the commercial, we’ve all seen the commercial of the woman dialing 911. She’s looking for the response because somebody is going to break into her house,” said commentator Michael Smerconish. “This has been the big topic of the Trump campaign, oddly, they’ve gone dark in the last couple of days. My question, Rachel, in a commercial like this, who are they trying to reach, swing voters … or the base?”

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“So, they’re trying to reach both,” said Bitecofer. “But I think the Trump strategy, which, by the way, they are pulling off the air and are going to retool because it’s obviously not working, is it’s about trying to — it’s really out of date. And it’s trying to convince people that, you know, racial minorities are coming to disrupt their peaceful suburban lifestyle and hedge off of that suburban loss. It’s a total misread of, like, what the mentality of what the suburban, college-educated voters are about.”

“Here’s what I will tell you,” added Bitecofer. “The Trump campaign is not a campaign that’s been tooled for addition, which is how traditional campaigns are tooled. It’s one that has been tooled for subtraction from the Biden campaign. It was a dubious strategy from the get-go, and I think they’re starting to realize how ineffective it is.”

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Lincoln Project whacks the president: ‘We end COVID when we end Trump’s presidency’

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President Donald Trump on Thursday held a campaign rally in Wisconsin with supporters "packed in like sardines."

At the rally, Trump ridiculed former Vice President Joe Biden for social distancing at campaign appearances with America's death toll over 200,000. Also on Thursday, Biden held a town hall meeting on CNN where he spoke in-depth about the challenges of a coronavirus vaccine.

The Lincoln Project, the group of former top GOP strategists working to defeat Trump, said that "only one candidate will protect your family from coronavirus" in a new video.

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Trump said he would give UN speech despite pandemic — but reversed course and won’t be attending

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US President Donald Trump will not attend next week's UN General Assembly gathering in person, his chief of staff told journalists aboard Air Force One Thursday, according to a pool report.

The decision marks an about-face for Trump, who last month said he wanted to deliver his speech in the General Assembly hall in New York, even if other world leaders are staying away due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump mocked for 95-minute ‘slurring’ campaign speech — before crowd ‘packed in like sardines’ in Wisconsin

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President Donald Trump gave a fear-filled and factually inaccurate campaign rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin on Thursday.

The rally, held in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, featured a large crowd closely packed together.

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's speech, which lasted approximately 95 minutes:

https://twitter.com/RSBNetwork/status/1306433275381116928

https://twitter.com/bad_takes/status/1306758848577966081

Trump is slurring and sounds tired pic.twitter.com/6MJLw2fpms

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