Trump’s attempts to find an alternate culture-war footing — highlighted by his Mount Rushmore speech on Friday — with Confederate statues and police defunding appear to face their own limits.
Google Trends data shows that searches for “coronavirus” are far outpacing those for “statues,” “police” and “antifa.”
The president’s disconnect with popular sentiment on two issues of the day — the virus and protests against structural racism — have led to some self-inflicted wounds, including his sparsely-attended rally in Tulsa and his tweet about an elderly Buffalo protester being shoved by police.
Trump’s continued attack line about Biden “not leaving his basement” hasn’t taken hold measurably with voters, according to the search data. Biden’s actions in terms of social distancing largely align with a majority of voters’ own anxieties.