Eliot Strickon (WI): ‘Trump Can Do Little to Hurt Himself Among Core Supporters’
Strickon is the child of anthropologists who were students of Margaret Mead. He describes himself as a Bundist (a secular Jewish socialist movement in the late 1800s and early 1900s), as opposed to a socialist. His grandmother was in the hat makers union starting in the 1930s, and he, his mother and sister were in teachers’ unions. Strickon lives in a Jewish Orthodox and African American urban community and serves on his synagogue’s board.
Did the impeachment hearings change your views about whether the president should be impeached?
No. None of what developed was surprising. The line between the executive branch and the mafia continues to narrow.
Is it possible for Democrats and Republicans to ever agree on the facts around the president’s actions?
No, certainly not in public.
Do the impeachment proceedings hurt or improve Trump’s chances for re-election?
As long as Trump doesn’t declare himself the anti-Christ or reveal himself to be black or Jewish, there is little he can do to hurt himself among his core supporters.
Anything else you’d like to share on the topic of impeachment?
While the outcome is a foregone conclusion, it is important that the process remains as an important constitutional check on the power of the presidency.
Which Democratic candidate(s) do you think will give Trump the best chance for re-election?
Biden, because of his enmeshment in the Ukraine narrative and general “swampiness.”
Are truthfulness and honesty key qualities for you in deciding which presidential candidate to support?
Yes. The fact that the question is asked is interesting and indicative of the times.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Everything will change after the first caucuses/primaries.