SOURCE: The New Yorker
by Jane Mayer
"In many ways, his memoir suggests that Atwater’s tactics were a bridge between the old Republican Party of the Nixon era, when dirty tricks were considered a scandal, and the new Republican Party of Donald Trump, in which lies, racial fearmongering, and winning at any cost have become normalized."
SOURCE: Made By History at The Washington Post
by Julian Zelizer
The low-road tactics have proved to be effective. They play to the worst fears of voters, and they have succeeded in negatively shaping how parts of the electorate view Democratic candidates.
SOURCE: New York Times
It will surprise no one if Trump pursues the sort of negative race-baiting campaign that George H.W. Bush used to rally after trailing Michael Dukakis in the summer. What remains to be seen will be if Trump can convincingly portray Biden as a greater danger to the public.
A desperate Donald Trump appears to be pulling back the curtains on direct appeals to white racists. The strategy's success or failure may determine whether these appeals return as a core part of American political rhetoric.
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