This whole pandemic thing sure is a hassle for the Trump campaign, Wall Street Journal reports

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There’s a pandemic threatening millions of lives and basically the entire U.S. economy. And here’s an actual headline from Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal“Trump re-election strategy shifts focus to crisis leadership.”

See, the plan had been to brag about the economy nonstop, but now that that’s not really an option, “Mr. Trump this week has taken steps to demonstrate more command, appearing at daily news conferences and taking a solemn outlook, while his campaign weighs how to contend with battered financial markets and rising unemployment.” Creating the appearance of taking a crisis seriously is a campaign tactic—really. Based on what Trump advisers tell The Wall Street Journal, it’s also a stall tactic.

The campaign tactic was downplaying the crisis, until that became counterproductive for the campaign. (It was always counterproductive for the nation.)

COVID-19: United States

Then the Great Tone Shift happened.

But even the Trump campaign doesn’t seem too confident that Trump’s leadership during a pandemic is going to be a winning argument in November. They’re banking on the economy rebounding before then.

“We will point out that it is under the present policies that [the economy] was so vibrant and those policies are still in place,” a campaign spokesman said. “The stock market will rebound, and the economy will still be in solid shape.” For roughly the billionth time, Trump inherited a solid economy from former President Obama and didn’t do much to change its trajectory. Not that that has ever stopped him from claiming credit, but it has to be said.

But that’s the real strategy. For now, appear to care. And count on things getting better in time to go through with the original bragging-about-the-economy plan.

“Look, if in 45 days it looks like everything is going back to normal,” a Trump adviser told The Wall Street Journal, “then everything is going to go back to where it was.” But the United States needs a better plan than “if everything goes back to normal then Trump’s re-election might be in okay shape.”

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Dave
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Dave

I hate to be a killjoy but Companies in Australia and other countries are working on a vaccine for this virus, but that is at least by the way they are talking 18 months away.
And they are worried about November, seriously!
Logic would suggest that if the vaccine is 18 months away, then this will last at least till the vaccine is widely available and people start developing antibodies to combat the virus.

Nobsartist
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Nobsartist

This will finally be the end of the mentally ill republiCLOWN party….

Allan
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Allan

Can anyone else see trump ‘postponing’ the November election under ‘special’ war time powers ? or denying a nation wide postal vote to abide by the restrictions of crowd gatherings ? I’m sure Moscow mitch is draughting up something already.

Philippa
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Philippa

Just to look on the ‘weird side. Maybe enough MAGAs will catch the flu and expire before the election and there won’t be enough people to vote for Trump. Just a thought!!!

John Johnson
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John Johnson

Everyone is on to the ASS HOLE now. He just proved More of what an ASS he is in the last 8 weeks. #BYBYTRUMP, #HISTORY12021. Joe will finally put most of us at ease. Cant wait!