On August 25, 2020, In These Times writes
If you’d tuned in to the first night of the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) without any broader political context, no one could blame you for believing that the United States is facing the scourge of a terrorizing foreign threat, and that this threat is called “socialism.” Of course, you’d be mistaken, alongside a host of RNC speakers.
But that false narrative undergirds the GOP’s playbook this election, as the party has chosen to forgo writing an actual platform and instead simply run Donald Trump — a historically unpopular president — against a made-up menace, with Democratic nominee Joe Biden serving, simply, as its figurehead.
Yet, by using “socialism” as a stand-in for anything they deem anti-American, Republicans are obscuring the fact that many of the policies associated with contemporary socialism are actually very popular among the voting public. And Biden, a lifelong moderate, has consistently made clear that he — unlike his former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I‑Vt.) — is about as far as you can get from an avowed socialist within the Democratic coalition.
Still, even with Sanders out of the race, the GOP has apparently decided to go full steam ahead with its red-baiting line of attack.
Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the UN and two-term governor of South Carolina, said during the convention of Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D‑Calif.): “Their vision for America is socialism. And we know that socialism has failed everywhere,” adding that, “Joe Biden and the socialist Left would be a disaster for our economy.”
What Americans Think of Socialism
August 25, 2020, The Washington Post published:
"Among Americans older than 55, favorable views of capitalism overwhelmed favorable views of socialism, 68% to 32%, in an October 2019 Gallup poll. But in that same poll, Americans 18 to 34 in age viewed socialism more favorably than capitalism by 5 percentage points, 52% to 47%. There’s widespread support for big government programs -- Social Security payments to seniors, health coverage for the elderly and poor through Medicare and Medicaid, benefits for the unemployed and disabled -- that once were derided as socialist in nature."
Trump's wistful cornball red-baiting boogieman Socialist obsession is falling flat though. The electorate knows Joe Biden is a Wall Street/corporate lobby owned glad handing Oligarchic capitalist. Just like Trump.