With his America in crisis, Trump desperately tries to shift the blame to everyone else

Donald Trump had planned to run on a pledge to “Keep America great”. But with a global pandemic claiming the lives of more than 85,000 Americans and causing economic devastation, the slogan does not seem to hold the same promise it did at the start of the year – even for his most ardent fans.

In a recently released campaign ad titled American Comeback, the president instead returned to the “Make America great again” slogan that first brought him to power and whose MAGA initials have become global shorthand for Trumpism and its adherents.

“We’ve built the greatest economy the world has ever seen and we’re going to do it again,” Trump says in the ad. “With the grace of God, we will win this war, and we will win this war quickly, and we will make America great again.”

With few positive messages available to them amid a once-in-a-century pandemic, the president’s advisers now appear to have replaced their plans with a multi-pronged attack strategy against Trump’s presumptive Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, hoping to chip away at the former vice-president’s support enough to propel Trump to victory.

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