WaPo:

They voted for him and now remorse it. Why White ladies are turning away from Trump.

From her dwelling within the Philadelphia suburbs, Nin Bell works for an answering service, taking calls from individuals attempting to achieve greater than 10,000 funeral properties and end-of-life corporations. Because the coronavirus started to comb the nation earlier this yr, the variety of calls associated to new deaths tripled.

Caller after caller informed her about shedding a beloved one to covid-19, in addition to to suicides and drug overdoses. They supplied an overwhelmingly painful window into simply how badly the nation was struggling.

After which Bell would hear President Trump — whom she voted for in 2016, serving to him win Pennsylvania — downplay the severity of the pandemic.

“He was telling everyone it wasn’t an enormous deal — however I knew it was an enormous deal due to my job. I’m like: ‘Why am I taking 60 coronavirus deaths in sooner or later, on one shift, once I used to solely take 20 dying calls a day?’” stated Bell, 47, the mom of two teenage boys who lives in Parkside, about 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia. “He made a variety of errors. He simply runs his mouth. . . . He’s the president, he can’t get away with that, particularly when individuals’s lives are at risk.”

Anne Applebaum/Atlantic:

The Information Simply Aren’t Getting Via

The voters is cut up into separate info bubbles. However unconventional messengers, appeals to patriotism, and even jokes can attain voters who don’t wish to pay attention.

The purpose I’m making right here is just not about Russia. It’s concerning the deep hole in perceptions that now separates a tenth of German voters from the opposite 90 p.c. Is that chasm everlasting? Ought to the opposite German political events attempt to attain the individuals within the populist bubble? However how is it attainable to achieve individuals who can’t hear you? This isn’t merely a query of how you can persuade individuals, how you can use a greater argument, or how you can change minds. It is a query about how you can get individuals to pay attention in any respect. Simply shouting about “information” will get you nowhere with those that not belief the sources that produce them.

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Peter Wehner/Atlantic:

Why Trump Supporters Can’t Admit Who He Actually Is

Nothing bonds a gaggle extra tightly than a typical enemy that’s perceived as a mortal menace.

One doesn’t must be a champion of the Democratic Occasion to know this chthonic portrait is absurd. However it is usually important, as a result of it permits Trump and his followers to tolerate and justify just about something so as to win. And “something” seems to be rather a lot.

In simply the previous two weeks, the president has praised supporters of the right-wing conspiracy idea QAnon, which contends, as The Guardian not too long ago summarized it, that “a cabal of Devil-worshipping Democrats, Hollywood celebrities and billionaires runs the world whereas partaking in pedophilia, human trafficking and the harvesting of a supposedly life-extending chemical from the blood of abused youngsters.” Trump touted a conspiracy theory that the nationwide dying toll from COVID-19 is about 9,000, a fraction of the official figure of almost 185,000; promoted a program on the One America Information Community accusing demonstrators of secretly plotting Trump’s downfall; encouraged his personal supporters to commit voter fraud; and claimed Biden is managed by “individuals which might be at midnight shadows” who’re sporting “darkish uniforms.”

Army disrespect, and the Bob Woodward 60 Minutes interview re coronavirus response will eat into Trump assist:

It’s the story that received’t go away. Effectively, each of them are.

Erica Cortellessa/Washington Month-to-month:

Is Trump Scaring Democrats Away from Vote by Mail?

New proof suggests he is perhaps—and that would hand him the election.

These actions have despatched a message to voters that the Postal Service will screw up their skill to vote by mail, both by not getting their ballots to them on time, delivering them to elections officers too late to be counted, or possibly even shedding them altogether. Sadly for Democrats, this nervousness may change into a catastrophic downside. There’s proof to point out that if Democratic voters are fearful concerning the USPS and decline to vote by mail, they received’t essentially march to the polling place as a substitute. Lots of them simply received’t vote in any respect. Provided that Trump won key states by minuscule margins in 2016, such a drop-off may safe his reelection.

That reality has not but absolutely sunk in with many distinguished Democrats, who’ve responded to Trump’s manipulation of the mail system by encouraging voters to embrace a number of voting choices. “We’ve received to vote early, in particular person if we will,” Michelle Obama said in her conference speech. “We’ve received to request our mail-in ballots proper now, tonight, and ship them again instantly and observe up to verify they’re acquired, after which make certain our buddies and households do the identical.” Different influential voices have been extra alarmist. New York Occasions columnist Tom Friedman wrote that he would “rattling nicely get to my neighborhood polling station” as a result of was frightened of Trump’s “deliberate sabotaging of the U.S. Postal Service.”

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Alternatively, from Politico:

‘An enormous threat’: Trump’s allies can’t sway him on mail-in voting

Trump briefly curbed his mail-in voting criticism, however then appeared to counsel voters ought to forged two ballots, fueling new issues he’s damaging his possibilities in November.

On-message Trump didn’t final lengthy. He not too long ago appeared to counsel individuals vote twice — voting in particular person as a technique to decide if their mail-in poll had been counted — later warning Democrats could be “thieving and stealing and robbing” their technique to an election win. Now, 5 Republicans near the president’s marketing campaign say that if Trump retains up his vacillating mail-in voting rhetoric, they worry rare voters, particularly older ones, will merely sit out the election.

In an election wherein a file variety of People are anticipated to forged ballots by mail, that would price Trump a victory.

So there you’ve got it.

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It’s not 2016.