Op-Ed: Trump can follow Nixon's fear-driven playbook. But history says it won't work in 2020

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Op-Ed: Why Nixon's fear-driven playbook won't help Trump in 2020 (via latimesopinion)

In his first public speech addressing the police killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests, President Trump’s words took an ominous turn. Calling himself the “president of law and order,” he denounced demonstrators as an “angry mob” threatening “peace-loving citizens,” demanded that state and local governments “dominate” the protesters, and threatened to deploy the U.S. military against citizens.

Can Trump replicate Nixon’s success in posturing against protesters? Perhaps, but there are also important differences between then and now that suggest a better outcome.Start with the proliferation of videos showing the police killing African Americans. In the late 1960s, in the absence of visual evidence, it was easier to dismiss the claims by African Americans that police brutality and pervasive white racism justified their protests.

Another big change involves the much-diminished receptivity of many whites to claims that there’s something inherently violent and dangerous about African Americans. While many remain susceptible to this stereotype, the racial attitudes of very large numbers of whites have shifted remarkably over the last 50 years.

It’s not simply that the police will continue to strike the matches. The pandemic will probably continue providing gasoline. People in poor communities and communities of color are more likely to fall ill and to die from the coronavirus. They are suffering the greatest levels of job loss and the highest levels of hunger. They’re also the workers forced to risk their health to keep the economy running.


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