trpmb6 wrote:treetreeseven wrote:Never underestimate the power of the American moderate, for good or ill. Trump et al weren't moderate to begin with, and their "strategy," such as it is, has been to continue becoming more and more and more extreme over time, even as people peel off the edges of the "base" in twos and threes with every news cycle. If this process continues, by November 2020, the only Trump supporters left really *will* be the authoritarians and racists and Nazis, and as much as we all fear it's worse, I really don't think such deplorables make up more than 25-35% of the population of any country.
I think you should take a drive through the counties that won Trump the election in 2016. Their support from Trump hasn't changed much. There's a whole lot of country out there. A lot of people different from you and others here. Take south eastern Ohio. The "authoritarians and racists and Nazis" they are, voted 67% for Trump in 2016. But in 2008 they were 67% Obama.
Calling those people Racist, or Nazis, or authoritarians isn't going to win them over to your side. Trust me.
If you read what I wrote, you'll see that I'm only saying that half of that 67% are racists, Nazis, and authoritarians.
Anyway, my opinions and the Democratic Party messaging strategy are not one and the same, but I'll agree with your assessment of the fact that pointing out that Trump's "base" - the half of that 67% who have drunk the Kool-Aid so hard they bleed it - *IS* made up of deplorables, would not be an effective strategy. Because the non-deplorables do understandably get defensive about it.
Personally, I would think that dropping any semblance of "callout culture" in places like you mention, and sitting down and actually meeting with the non-deplorable half of Trump voters, and coming up with both a highly positive message to their concerns, and some actual policy help for them (as opposed to, for example, letting every single architect of the 2008 financial collapse off with millions in payouts like Obama did) ... might have a better chance of working.