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How the Democrats’ ‘Green New Deal’ could get Trump re-elected

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A good many people believe (and some pray) that Donald Trump won’t be re-elected. Two people who may help Trump win a second term held a rally on the steps of the U.S. Capitol last week to unveil the platform that could hand him the election. They’re the new social-media phenom Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and veteran Massachusetts Democrat, left-wing senator Ed Markey. The platform they gifted the president with was their “Green New Deal.” If they do manage to saddle their party’s nominee for president with this political kryptonite — it’s green and it saps your strength — Mr. Trump may yet turn his under-40-per-cent approval ratings into a second surprise victory.

The classic way to beat an unpopular incumbent is to avoid unforced errors. Being too specific about your plans creates handholds an underdog can use to climb back into the race. Franklin Roosevelt ran in 1932 in the politically safest way possible, by condemning Herbert Hoover’s deficit spending. At last week’s State of the Union address, Donald Trump looked gleeful as he tested out the talking points that may become 2020’s version of The Wall: “America will never be a socialist country.” It doesn’t quite swing like “Lock her up”........

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