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US president is keeping his voter base happy

Peter Apps
Filed on February 14, 2020 | Last updated on February 14, 2020 at 09.42 pm

It is, as always, an unambiguously divisive approach that Donald Trump knows will antagonize his rivals and, he hopes, mobilize his base. That, he clearly feels, is best done by going on the offensive. Liberal outrage and alarm over draconian measures against migrants, trade wars or risky foreign actions such as the killing of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, Trump appears to be betting, may simply play into his hands with the demographics that he really needs. He will hope the same will be true of slamming hardline climate campaigners like Greta Thunberg, whom he did not mention by name but who was in the auditorium to hear him speak. Climate change is rising up the priority list for U.S. voters - one poll by Yale and George Mason University climate change departments in May showed as many as 40% saying it might influence their choices. But those voters, of course, remain amongst the least likely to embrace Trump.

Strikingly, he painted the pledge to contribute to the trillion trees - a project of the World Economic Forum supported by the UN Environment Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization - as "conserving the majesty of God's creation".
Evangelical Christian voters are at the heart of Trump's strategy, whatever his personal faith, an approach that has underpinned embracing sometimes controversial preachers and appointing judges keen to roll back access to abortion.

- Reuters

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