Firehouse Partner Alex Conant Tells Reuters that in Crisis Trump Refocuses on his Base

July 27, 2020

Facing crises and falling polls, Trump to hold rally in battleground New Hampshire

JULY 10, 2020 / 6:01 AM



Trump has spent much of his presidency sending tweets, making remarks and pursuing policies that appeal to his core supporters, and he continues to fall back on that strategy with an eye toward re-election.

“When times get tough for Trump, he goes back to his base,” said Republican strategist Alex Conant. “Nobody is going to cheer a lecture on the pandemic. But some people in his base will cheer the defense of Confederate statues.”

Trump continues to aim at what Republican Richard Nixon called the “silent majority” – defined during his successful 1968 presidential campaign as mostly middle-class, middle-aged white Americans in Middle America.

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