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Columnist claims Trump’s only chance of winning the 2024 election hinges on American voters’ fading memories


Florida – The 2024 presidential election approaches, and Donald Trump and Joe Biden are hoping to win the race for the White House, especially since both candidates achieved sweeping victories in presidential primary elections across the United States.

Milbank’s Analysis of Trump’s Campaign

As the 2024 presidential race heats up, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank has pinpointed what he believes could be Donald Trump’s most significant advantage: the potential amnesia of the American electorate. In his analysis, Milbank explores the idea that Trump’s campaign might hinge on voters not remembering the tumultuous events of his presidency.

Trump’s Rhetorical Strategy

Milbank’s latest column dives deep into the rhetorical question Trump has posed to Americans: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” This question comes at a time when the memories of severe lockdowns, economic shutdowns, and a public health crisis during Trump’s administration might still linger in the minds of many Americans. Yet, according to Milbank, Trump hopes that these memories have faded.

The Question of Collective Memory

The columnist argues that Trump is banking on what he calls “mass memory loss,” questioning whether voters will recall the chaos of his tenure: “In a sense, Trump’s prospects for 2024 rely on Americans experiencing mass memory loss: Will we forget just how crazy things were when he was in the White House?” Milbank writes. He also raises concerns about whether voters will remember “the even crazier things he has said he would do if he gets back there.”

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Policy Reversals and Public Opinion

Shifting focus, Milbank highlights recent maneuvers by Trump’s allies at the Heritage Foundation, who have reportedly pulled back on their initial plans to use the Comstock Act to ban abortion pills through executive action—a decision likely influenced by public opinion, which largely supports the legality of the abortion pill.

Milbank notes, “About seven in 10 Americans believe the abortion pill should be legal.” He connects this statistic to Trump’s broader strategy of distancing himself from earlier controversial policies, including his efforts to repeal Obamacare, which remains popular among a majority of Americans.

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The Challenge of Rewriting History

The skepticism about Trump’s ability to effectively revise history is palpable in Milbank’s commentary. He doubts that Trump can sufficiently conceal his past policies and pronouncements to make voters forget: “Trump and some vulnerable congressional Republicans might wish that Americans will forget such things by November,” he observes, “But it’s all there in black and white.”

Electoral Implications

Milbank’s critique poses a significant question for the upcoming election: Can Trump successfully navigate the collective memory of the electorate, or will voters’ recollections of his previous administration influence their choice at the polls? As November approaches, the columnist’s observations remain to be seen, with the past potentially casting a long shadow over Trump’s ambitions for a return to the White House.

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