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‘There’s no discipline to his strategy’: Trump is undermining his own campaign

Trump’s ban on foreign workers has angered Indian Americans, a group his campaign was seeking. It’s hardly the first time that’s happened.

President Donald Trump went out of his way to court Indian Americans this election year, flying halfway around the globe to headline a rally with more than 100,000 adoring fans.

But just four months after his trip to India, Trump this week blocked engineers, computer programmers and other high-skilled workers — overwhelmingly from India — from entering the United States.

Trump’s order — ostensibly to counter the soaring unemployment of American workers during the coronavirus pandemic — threatens to undermine the inroads his campaign hoped to make with Indian Americans, a fast-growing voting bloc that registers and votes at high rates.

“If this were the case … why in February during Covid times go to India?” wondered Aman Kapoor, president of Immigration Voice, a group that works with Indian foreign workers.

The incident is far from the only time the Trump campaign’s outreach and White House’s policies have clashed. Trump has advanced policies, gone off script in interviews or lashed out on Twitter in ways that contradict his own campaign’s attempts to slice into the Democrats’ advantages with African Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics.

Some Trump allies blame a lack of coordination between the White House and campaign. Others say Trump is simply responding to the unexpected shifts in the world after the pandemic seized the American economy. Still, there are those who say Trump’s policies have simply never been in line with the priorities of many communities of color — and that any attempt to bolster his standing with them was always a quixotic endeavor.

“The campaign may have strategies, but Trump doesn’t have much of a strategy ever except to cater to his base,” said Rob Stutzman, a Republican political strategist based in Sacramento, Calif. “And there’s no discipline to his strategy. I think he’s incapable of adhering to a strategy. That’s why he inflicts so much damage on himself.”  Read more 

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