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In Kenosha, I watched Trump's whole circus come tumbling down

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03.09.2020

For a piece of political theatre, the backdrop was dramatic: The rubble of a broken city, a distraught resident aside their ruined business, and a self-proclaimed savior president promising deliverance from anarchy.

When Donald Trump visited the city of Kenosha on Tuesday, ostensibly to pay tribute to law enforcement following violent protests, the imagery and the characters were all there.

But what is political theatre without the politics? What impact can it have if the message behind it is so confused that it borders on the absurd?

Trump has made law and order the dominant theme of his reelection campaign in recent weeks (and make no mistake, this was a campaign event). His new direction is based on the belief that images of chaos reigning in American cities will scare people into voting for him.

But the pitch is backwards. The sitting president repeatedly points to (and exaggerates) scenes of destruction caused during protests across the country as a hypothetical doomsday scenario if his opponent is elected. In other words: if Joe Biden is elected, the things that are already happening will happen.

Not only that, it’s a strategy that relies on Biden being unable or unwilling to condemn violent protests, something which he has done with increasing regularity in recent days, and which he has just spent $45 million to tell national and local television audiences across the country for an entire week.

In the new 60-second television spot, the former vice president speaks as images of burned out cars flash and clashes flash across the screen: “I want to make it absolutely clear: rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. And........

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