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Like Reagan Before Him, Trump Barnstorms the Bronx

Republican presidential challenger campaigning against an inflation-fueled and unpopular Democratic incumbent in the South Bronx. I have seen this show before.

On August 5, 1980, Ronald Reagan, the Republican candidate running against President Jimmy Carter, visited New York City, which was in turmoil. “Make America Great Again.”

Reagan had been encouraged by his ally, Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.), to go to inner cities to preach a gospel of lower taxes, business districts, and overall hope. Reagan did just that and stood exactly where Carter stood. 3 years agoare there to make unfulfilled promises about an economic recovery for the ‘hood.

I was a young, junior staffer on the Reagan campaign at the time, watching everything I could on network TV and ogling the snippets of wire copy that rolled in from the AP ticker. (There was nothing digital back then.)

That’s certainly true, Noisy scenelots of Bronx Cheer. Reagan turned to the microphone to make his voice heard, shouting, “If I don’t get elected, I can’t do any damn things for you!”

Reagan persisted and blamed Carter for the failure, saying, “I haven’t seen anything like this since London after the Blitz.” Yes, at the time, parts of the Bronx looked like they’d been bombed during the war. That was Reagan’s point. If the current situation is so bad, if the incumbent president isn’t keeping his promises, why would he vote for reelection?

Of course, media coverage of this incident was negative. At that time, the modifier “mainstream” was not used. only Major liberal media. nevertheless, new york times Heading One story that captured at least some of the political dynamics of the year was “South Bronx Reagan Says Carter Broke Oath; Voices Over Slogans.”

Ronald Reagan walks through New York’s rundown South Bronx neighborhood on Charlotte Street, August 6, 1980. (AP Photo)

Ronald Reagan speaks on Charlotte Street in the South Bronx on August 6, 1980. (Jack Smith/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

As we returned to our campaign headquarters at 901 North Highland Street in Arlington, Virginia, we told ourselves that at least Zipper’s guts would be appreciated. He could walk into the Democratic lion’s den, keep his cool, flex his star power and deliver a positive message that would earn him respect across the country, if not among New Yorkers.

We underestimated the guy. In fact, Reagan won New York state in November of the same year. In 1976, Carter won New York state by a margin of 142,000 votes, thanks in large part to the Bronx. By contrast, in 1980, when Mr. Carter was losing the state, his lead in the Bronx dwindled to just 95,000 votes.

Well, it’s 2024. Four years ago, Donald Trump was defeated in the Bronx by a large margin, winning just 16% of the vote. Nevertheless, Trump I’ve been saying this for months Trump is confident he can win New York this year. In fact, due to time, fate, and Alvin Bragg, Mr. Trump ended up spending much more time in New York than he had originally planned. Trump has already been well-received by visiting Harlem in April and shaking hands with crime victims who fought off violent criminals. Now it’s not hard to find Trump’s Curiosity In the Bronx.

Former President Donald Trump visited Sanaa, a general store in northern Manhattan, on April 16, 2024. (Javin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump visits the Sanaa Convenience Store, a shopping mall in Upper Manhattan, with business owners and local politicians on April 16, 2024. Jose Alba, an employee at the Sanaa Convenience Store, was assaulted by a man in 2022 and ultimately died. A dispute ensued, leading to the Manhattan District Attorney’s later decision to drop the charges. (Javin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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Former President Donald Trump talks with bodega owner Maed Ahmed (center) during a visit to his bodega in New York on April 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

Truly a New York exclusive Siena Poll Starting this month, we found that by a 52:37 margin, New Yorkers feel their state is heading in the wrong direction. A clear majority express concern about worsening crime, and an overwhelming 79% believe the immigration crisis is serious. So while polls show Joe Biden leading Trump 47-38, there is some hope for a challenger if the incumbent gets less than 50 votes.

Of course, this is not just something Trump is doing. That’s what Biden is doing, or not doing. What is noteworthy is that the 46th president is weak among non-white voters. Siena national poll Since mid-May, Biden has won only 63 percent of the black vote, and his momentum has been unclear.

To shore up these numbers, the Biden-Harris campaign has held a number of Black-themed events, including one in Politico’s “Playbook” newsletter on May 15. Worried Regarding “outreach routines.” The authors note that the campaign “relies heavily on a focus on civil rights, which is particularly relevant to younger and politically apathetic voters who are dissatisfied with Biden and interested in other candidates.” Maybe not,” he explained.

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, on May 11, 2024. (Hannah Beyer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Some of the large crowd at the Trump campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey on May 11, 2024. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

The problem, of course, is that young blacks are less aligned with older leaders. recently, Sharmagen the God, Killer Mike, and yes, you (Kanye West) are creating your own destiny. Comedian Dave Chappelle, on the other hand, A mocked awakening and energy. If you go to a black church, you won’t see much tolerance for LGBTQIA+ people.

Speaking of energy, President Trump. That means the next few months are going to be wild, and the South Bronx will be part of the slalom.