Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in 2016/Damon Winter/The New York Times

Five ways Trump wins

Reports of his defeat are greatly exaggerated

1. Message: Freedom.

Democrats and the professional media are outraged, horrified and confounded that Trump could act even crazier amid the Covid. He’s more than ignoring “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Presidential Leadership During a National Crisis” — he’s tossing it into a roaring White House fireplace, chortling with nasty glee while it burns, and dousing the embers with Clorox.

2. The economy trends better.

Sure, we’re in the Covid Depression now, with 15–20 percent jobless, businesses large and small shuttering, and millions worried about losing their homes.

3. The entire GOP will rally ‘round Trump.

Most Americans disapprove of Trump. George Conway’s Lincoln Project, reflecting many concerned Republicans, wants him defeated to save America, saying, “Patriotism and the survival of our nation in the face of the crimes, corruption and corrosive nature of Donald Trump are a higher calling than mere politics.”

4. “Progressives” stay home.

The youth Bernie base, in spite of its impressive sound and fury demanding a better future involving free lunches, can’t seem to vote for it, as Senator Sanders himself confessed. Youth turnout averaged only 10–15 percent in the 2020 Democratic primaries.

5. Covid suppresses the Democratic vote.

Certainly, getting to the polls will be harder this year. Vote-by-mail is up in the air. The left-leaning Fauci-respectful may avoid lining up. The right-leaning Fauci-rejecting may turn out in spades, many defiantly without masks.

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Jeffrey Denny

A Pullet Surprise-winning writer who always appreciates free chicken.