UPDATE: Donald Trump reiterated his loyalty to blacks last night in his acceptance speech at the RNC.
“If you don’t vote for Trump you’re a traitor to your race”— solidus ?? (@hocmountain) August 27, 2020
— Nick Fuentespic.twitter.com/smI8cK3MDq
TRUMP: “I’ve done more in 3 years for the black community than Joe Biden has done in 47 years.” pic.twitter.com/FcG0AZHqQu— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 28, 2020
According to Nick Fuentes, you are a traitor to your race if you don’t vote for Donald Trump and the GOP in the 2020 election.
If Donald Trump himself has ever made anything resembling this pitch to White voters, I am unaware of it. I’ve seen him repeatedly declare his loyalty to Jews. There is hardly a day that goes by when Donald Trump or his campaign doesn’t make explicit appeals to black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, LGBTQ or female voters on the basis of identity politics. He has made full throated appeals to every group in America EXCEPT White voters. It would be a major news story if he made a similar appeal to White voters. I follow American politics pretty closely and there are only one or two occasions when I recall him ever mentioning White people. After four years of President Donald Trump, White people are as politically and culturally marginalized as the day on which he first announced he was running for office in 2015.
COVID-19 and the subsequent economic collapse is the true cause of the decline in immigration levels. Illegal immigration had declined before that in 2019 due to the Remain in Mexico policy, but not before soaring back to a high unseen since the George W. Bush administration in 2018 and the first half of 2019. Before COVID-19 hit, Donald Trump had endorsed Jared Kushner’s plan to change the composition of legal immigration for business interests while keeping immigration levels neutral. The limited amount of progress that Donald Trump has made in advancing his immigration agenda doesn’t come close to compensating for the massive blows we have endured on free speech, free assembly, law and order, equal justice and to our heritage and monuments since he became president.
The only compelling argument that Donald Trump has for reelection is that he isn’t Joe Biden. There are legitimate reasons to fear a Biden presidency. A Joe Biden presidency will be awful and it is understandable that some people will vote to reelect Trump for that reason. If nothing else, Donald Trump and the GOP are an obstacle to the Democrats advancing their legislative agenda simply by occupying office. Sure, Donald Trump and the GOP are incapable of doing anything except tax cuts and deregulation, increasing military spending and pushing the pro-Israel agenda, but at least they are blocking the Democrats as human meat shields from power. Trump and the GOP can’t really be expected to do anything more than catering to the whims and fancies of their donors. A solid conservative majority on the Supreme Court handpicked by the Federalist Society couldn’t conserve the definition of men and women this summer.
Fear might be enough in the end to secure Donald Trump a second term. Joe Biden is hardly a charismatic or inspiring alternative. I doubt it will be enough though to bring back the swing voters to the polls who backed him in 2016 on the basis of the hope he would change things.