Donald Trump has engaged in the Putinization of campaigning. He is offering just the thinnest veneer of plausible deniability that he can appeal to racists and Islamophobes while saying he is not. This is a wholly amoral method of campaigning and, like Putin’s invasions, utterly effective at confounding retaliation.
Trump needs to be attacked, not just on his duplicity, but in a frontal assault on the effectiveness of his leadership. New language needs to be employed, it must go beyond disparagement and unfavorable comparisons. I believe there should be acknowledgement of his aggrieved base’s plight while offering a more viable path to addressing their problems.