Saturday, August 20, 2016

Trump's ad spikes expectancies - no pivot now, no pivot ever

Donald Trump’s first ad shows there is no pivot and never will be, writes Matthew Yglesias at vox.com. Snippets follow.

Donald Trump is running his first campaign ad for the general election, and it offers all the proof you’ll need that, in a fundamental sense, no meaningful change of approach can or will ever emanate from his campaign.

Because this is an ad, it’s professionally done and well-considered in its language — it’s not an off-the-cuff remark or full of anything so crazy that it will make lifelong Republicans cringe. But there’s nothing in here about free markets or traditional family values or America’s role as the world’s indispensable nation and guarantor of liberty.

Instead it’s a pretty simple proposition — Hillary Clinton will let foreigners kill you and Donald Trump won’t.

You can play the ad from the embedded video.

The important thing to note here, however, is what Trump is not arguing. He is not making an economic-based argument that immigrants will drive down wages ...

Instead, the anxiety being targeted here is anxiety about the physical threat posed by foreigners — precisely the sentiment of fear that has driven Trumpism from the beginning.

In the real world, Americans are safer today than they were 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, so it’s not entirely clear what basis there is for this kind of fear. But clearly many people are afraid, and Trump is their candidate.

Check out the video, "Donald Trump hates lies, but can't tell the truth," at the bottom of the article. The ad is the newest proof of that.

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