by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Trump 2020 campaign is beginning to look a lot like the 2016 campaign, where crossover Democratic votes gave Trump several key states, including Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
At the president’s rally in Phoenix Wednesday night, they were getting in line for tickets 48 hours before the event at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Campaign manager Brad Pascale gives a breakdown of the crowd.
Wow, Arizona! Big Phoenix rally.
? 67,516 Tickets
? 29,990 Voters Identified (87% from AZ)
? 26% Didn’t Vote in 2016
? 18% Democrats
Thank You Arizona. Winning Data!
— Brad Parscale – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) February 20, 2020
… Anyone check to see how many Republicans showed up at Bernie Sanders’ rally?
The point is simple. Trump’s unorthodoxy crosses party lines, racial divides, and scrambles traditional politics. They call it “populism” but it’s more.
Some might point to the emotional heat at Trump rallies as a warning that the president’s populist appeal to nationalism is dangerous. It may be tribal, but it’s not dangerous. These are ordinary Americans — many of whom have ignored politics for their entire lives — who want to vote for someone who speaks their language. It’s a different kind of celebrity that attracts such a wide swath of Americans.