Here is a simple test on which country can actually influence Washington (or elections, policies, etc. elsewhere in America): can you suggest, publicly, that a given country influences Washington and keep loudly going on about the accusation (and in fact be lauded for such a claim in the media)? If yes, that country has little actual influence (if it did, it would move those levers of influence and silence the accusation). If no, you end up losing your career, nobody will hire you, you are demonized as an evil person, well, you know THAT country has influence in Washington.
If Trump were a tyrannical dictator, nobody would be able to get away with calling him one. If so-called white privilege was beneficial, non-whites would be trying to pass as white to cash in on that privilege. Instead they run from the liability, pretending to be non-white because of how lucrative it is. Hell, if it were okay to be white it would be okay to say it’s okay to be white, but it’s not okay to be white so it’s not okay to say it’s okay to be white.
The DNC have raised their game since 2016. They disrupted a Trump rally by booking most of the tickets. And they have plenty of clever people. Biden’s team will be bright people, and they won’t let Biden make the mistakes Hillary made. So don’t bet on it.
When you think of Trump’s Luck last time out – how wonderful Candidate Trump was, how energised his supporters, Hillary’s many literal and metaphorical missteps, Meme Magic online.
Now he is still loved by his core vote, but are ordinary Americans much better off than four years ago? And we can be sure the DNC will be working on closing down the information channels Trump used so well last time.
One thing Trump does have unequivocally on his side this time around that he didn’t fully in 2016 is the rock-ribbed conservative base of the Republican electorate. Ted Cruz was Trump’s toughest primary challenger and even refused to endorse him at the RNC in 2016. That was more than personal spite on the senator’s part–it reflected the way a lot of Cruz supporters felt in 2016. Virtually without exception, those people are on board the Trump train this time around. It’s doubtful that will be enough to overcome the other things Trump has going against him, but it’s not nothing.