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Montanaro also NPR White House correspondent Ayesha Roscoe for their context and analysis of what we have seen thus far on day one night, one of the GOP Convention. Aisha, I want to bring you back into the conversation on DH talked specifically about some of the coded language we've we've heard tonight. When when we have heard people talk about getting rid of suburbs. Can you explain exactly what what that means In the context of this election in the context of the Trump campaign, when they make an allegation about Democrats wanting to quote do away with the suburbs. Who are they talking, Tio? What does that mean? They're really talking Tio White suburban voters, particularly white women, and and when they're using this language, saying that they're going to get rid of the suburbs, they're going to bring in low income housing. That means people of color that means black and brown. People are going to come into your neighborhood and therefore there will be crime and you know there will be violence. That's why you hear so much talk about the city's. What they're saying is when they're when they're talking about violence in the cities, and you've heard it over and over again. You heard it from the McCloskey's. Tonight. That couple. What they're saying is that you're going to have the crime of the city's come to your town on and that is also coded language for people of color, that there's a lot of violence in the quote unquote inner city and that you are safe in. You know, if you are white and in suburbia, you're safe. But it could come to your city. So this is language that has been used for a very long time there. There's a history to this, and that's the context for all of this on, so when they're using that language, that's what they're really talking about. And what I'm always interested in is how they talk about the city's as if they're not a part of America. President Trump is president of the cities as well, and he's the president of California as well. So that raises the question. I mean, there's sort of this overriding question during this convention is Is President Trump trying to just talk directly to his base, Or is there going to be some attempt by this campaign to expand that base? We've been talking about the coded language he's been using to talk about people of color violence and inner cities to try to appeal to the suburbs. We've been talking about coded language, and much of it is about honing his message. Online order, So Aisha or Domenico I mean, do you see any attempt here so far tonight in the Trump campaign, trying to appeal to some of the people who've been speaking out during the protests that we've been seeing sweeping across the country against racial injustice. I think that there's two different things as far as trying to reach out to people beyond the base and reach out to people who are, you know, dealing with the racial reckoning in the country and want to hear from him on that. I think that that's a more difficult thing. The second part of that I think that they will talk about criminal justice reform. You'll have Alice Johnson, speaking later this week who Trump had pardoned after she's served 21 years in prison. For what? People during that trial, said she was of ringleader of the of a Memphis cocaine ring s O, You know, they're gonna try to talk about some of those things. And you heard some of it with the state representative from Georgia, talking about Trump's funding for HBC use again. I don't know how much of that is really intended for. Black voters as much as it is intended for white voters Can we also point out that President Trump is vying for reelection and at a time when he's handling meter crises, you know the pandemic, the family economy, But of course, it's not new for an incumbent president to be facing challenges for reelection, President George W. Bush was facing growing discontent from the Iraq war in 2000 for president Obama was struggling with Sluggish economy, but can either of you I sure Domenico put into context. How President Trump's challenges going into this election is different from previous incumbent presidents facing challenges. Yes, certainly. I mean, you know, the president here is facing a deeper hole from ample in polling than almost any past president Except for Harry Truman in 1948. He's down by an average of nine points in the polls. Trimble was down by about 11. You know Ford Carter. They were all down by more than a point going into the convention, but Trump down by more than them. All of those races tightened. Both Carter and Ford lost Truman Wanda winning and turning things around wearing a completely brand new, unprecedented situation where we have one hyperpartisanship unlike we've ever seen before, certainly more so than 1948, and we're in the middle of a current virus pandemic. How do you get people registered to vote? How do you get out the vote when there's all these questions about the Postal Service on whether people can safely wait in line at the polls? So we should just note now that we are watching a pre recorded video of President Trump in the White House, speaking in conversation with a handful of U. S hostages who were released under his administration. I want to bring NPR's Mara Liasson back into the conversation tomorrow. Let's shift it to foreign policy. President Trump And his administration like to talk about the hostages who have been freed, because, frankly, it is. It's a legitimate win for him in in a AH foreign policy world where he has he has had missteps. Hey, has had he has intensified rhetorically, using rhetorically dangerous language intensified tense relationships. Foreign policy is not going to be something that he's going to want to talk fulsomely about during the convention. No and foreign policy usually isn't something that is at the top of voters list of priorities when they're voting for president And I would say foreign policy is playing an even smaller role, this time than this already small role it's played historically. So there's not unpopular war overseas. Donald Trump made sure about that..

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