This is a dumb meme going around.
Donald Trump tried to implement the 2012 GOP autopsy in his 2020 campaign. His campaign strategy and messaging focused exclusively on pandering to blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Jews and LGBTs. In 2016, he ran as a populist and won the Rust Belt. In 2020, he ran as a conservative and lost.
I’m shocked it didn’t work in the Rust Belt.
Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem!
Trump was the biggest supporter of fags in American history!
Joe Biden supported the 1994 crime bill and called blacks superpredators!
Trump offered to give blacks $500 billion dollars in the Platinum Plan to vote for him!
Even the people who swallowed their pride and voted for Trump in the 2020 election agree with those who didn’t that the 2020 campaign was HORRENDOUS. It cost him the votes of White men.
In 2020, the electorate stayed the same in Wisconsin, but it became whiter in Michigan and Pennsylvania due to higher White turnout. How many people were turned off and alienated by the policy agenda (or lack thereof) of the Trump presidency and the 2020 campaign?
The 2020 election was a winnable election.
Donald Trump won 71 million votes. He won almost 10 million more votes than in the 2016 election because it was such a dog fight with the highest turnout since the 1968 election.
Trump made several key mistakes:
First, he let the Left wipe his supporters off the internet and he demoralized the online army that clobbered the Left in the digital space in 2016.
Second, he never grew in office. He wasn’t interested in the details of governance. He was content to be the “star” of the administration. Effectively, we got the GOP in power. He lacked an ideology and surrounded himself with his enemies. Huey Long understood that you have to build up your own machine. He should have crushed Conservatism, Inc. after beating them in the 2016 election. In Louisiana in the 1930s, you were a Huey Long man. You worked for the boss.
Third, Trump let the GOP roll him in 2017 which changed his image from an interesting populist outsider to a rubber stamp for the wildly unpopular True Cons agenda.
Fourth, he brought his dumb as a brick daughter and Jewish son-in-law into the White House and gave them enormous power, which no one who voted him expected to happen.
Finally, he didn’t take COVID seriously enough which cost him the support of seniors, moderates and college educated voters. He went into a tailspin in the polls.
In spite of it all, Trump nearly won the election because the electorate is so polarized. He could have and should have tried to pick up more White voters in the middle of the electorate by moderating on economics. He could have locked down Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan and expanded his map into Minnesota, New Hampshire and Maine by moving to the center.
It was not to be.
Why not? As I explained before the election, it is because of a retarded ideology. Conservatives will moderate on anything … EXCEPT economics. Fag marriage … FINE. Race replacement immigration … FINE. Shameless cringe pandering to non-Whites on the basis of identity politics … FINE. Moving to the center on economics to win moderate voters who are in debt or struggling with bills, however, is anathema. They stuck to this absurd ideology through the Great Depression and the entire New Deal era and have spent the vast majority of the last century losing elections to Democrats because of it.