Michael Avenatti contends the best way to beat Trump is with “smash mouth” politics. This article from the Hill portrays Democrats aghast that Avenatti would sink to Trump’s supposed level:
Avenatti, who is stoking the possibility that he could run for president, calls prominent party strategists “out of touch” and “clueless” about how to win against Trump and Republicans.
“I think they’re out of touch. I don’t think they understand what’s required,” Avenatti said in an interview with The Hill on Monday.
“I think they’re clueless. We’re not living in 2012 or 2008 or 1992 anymore,” he said. “You’ve got to engage in smash-mouth politics if you’re going to beat Donald Trump.”
Democrats warn that Avenatti is dragging their party into the gutter, and they argue the Stormy Daniels attorney hurt the party’s efforts to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“There’s a difference between getting in the gutter and being tough, and I don’t think Michael Avenatti understands that,” Patti Solis Doyle, Democratic strategist and former campaign manager to Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign, said in an interview.
“This isn’t a strategy, this is a spectacle,” she added. “And the spectacle is great for getting a lot of Twitter followers and retweets, but when push comes to shove … what’s he doing for the party?”
Democrats still don’t understand why Trump won.
There were many factors that went into Trump winning. It’s true that Trump’s rhetoric and his willingness to insult his enemies was a significant component. Republicans were regularly demoralized because liberals were and are routinely willing to smear them as racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes, etc while most elected Republicans refused to criticize liberals in anything but the most mild and polite terms. The activist base badly wanted someone who would fight back.
However, that was not the only thing that won a victory for Trump. For one thing, the GOP had been in a state of constant rebellion since the pushback against the Bush-McCain amnesty efforts last decade. GOP voters felt unrepresented by conservative lawmakers who wouldn’t fight for key conservative priorities, while presidents like Obama rolled to victory after victory in getting leftist policy wish lists passed easily.
When Trump came along, he focused on policies that actually mattered to voters. He focused on immigration, jobs, the economy, and security. He did not waste time preaching about transgender bathrooms, social justice, global warming, or other non-issues that normal people don’t care about. His focus on jobs and fair trade helped steal the working class from the Democrats.
Furthermore, Trump built a tight bond of trust with his voters. When he showed up at rallies, he talked to them like a normal person, though he could also deliver serious speeches when the time called for it. His voters felt he was “one of them.”
Most Democrats are unable to see any of this. All they can see is the tough rhetoric and think the best way to counter that is to scream “NAZI!!” even louder. The so called elite, who style themselves our best and brightest, aren’t smart enough to understand how and why Trump won, because it would mean acknowledging their own faults and flaws.