Sen. Cory Booker: “You condemn white supremacy, correct?”— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 13, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett: “Yes.”
Booker: “Thank you. I’m glad to see that you said that. I wish our president would say that so resolutely and unequivocally as well” https://t.co/NN41m59TpP pic.twitter.com/kVQjrokcZ3
October has been … boring?
Sure, a Patriot was murdered at a BLM-Antifa rally in Denver, BLM and Antifa tore down some more monuments of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt in Portland and Junipero Serra in the Bay Area, Trump got COVID-19 and the Amy Coney Barrett hearings have begun. It feels like October has been a relatively quieter month though. There isn’t much going on in the news.
“White supremacy” seems to keep coming up. It came up in the first presidential debate and the vice presidential debate. Trump was forced to condemn “white supremacy” on Hannity. Amy Coney Barrett was asked to condemn “white supremacy” at her confirmation hearing. If you had tuned out of politics and the news cycle, you wouldn’t have missed much except for “white supremacy.”
As for Attorney General William Barr, the Durham Report went nowhere. Antifa continue to riot and tear down monuments with impunity. Patriots are murdered with impunity. Trump is holding BLEXIT rallies at the White House and is campaigning on his Platinum Plan. I can’t remember the last time the “Forgotten Man” came up. Trump now tweets about the stock market and his tax cuts.
In contrast, I recall October 2016 being a riveting month when the whole GOP establishment came down on Trump after the Access Hollywood tape. Exactly four years ago, candidate Trump gave probably his best speech in West Palm Beach, FL when he went full populist and condemned international bankers. The Alt-Right was also going wild on social media and having a rollicking good time.
The Trump presidency was over in the first six months:
- Steve Bannon was marginalized in the White House by Jared Kushner who has guided Trump over the past three years to this point.
- Trump sold out to the big donors and staffed his administration with Republican hacks.
- The big donors made the call to dump the Alt-Right baggage during the transition and elevate the Alt-Lite and the GOP establishment.
- Trump chose to spend his political capital on advancing Paul Ryan’s legislative agenda on healthcare and tax cuts rather than the priorities of populist voters.
- The Russia narrative caused Trump to obsessively focus on impeachment and appeasing Republican senators.
The 2020 campaign has been like watching the 2012 Romney campaign in the backdrop of absolute chaos. In 2016, Trump had a populist and nationalist base and brought conservatives along with the carrot of Supreme Court picks. In 2020, he appeals exclusively to conservatives.
Note: Look at the difference between October 2016 and October 2020.