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Trump heats up cul­ture war in ap­peal to Wis­con­sin vot­ers

- U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Donald Trump · Wisconsin · Republican Party (United States) · U.S. Supreme Court · New York City · Mosinee, WI

MOSI­NEE, Wis. — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump stepped up his rhetoric Thurs­day on cul­tural is­sues, aim­ing to boost en­thu­si­asm among ru­ral Wis­con­sin vot­ers as he tries to re­peat his path to vic­tory four years ago.

Mak­ing his fifth visit to the piv­otal bat­tle­ground state this year, Trump views suc­cess in the state’s less-pop­u­lated coun­ties as crit­i­cal to an­other term. He held a rally Thurs­day evening in Mosi­nee, in cen­tral Wis­con­sin, an area of the state that shifted dra­mat­i­cally to­ward Repub­li­cans in 2016, en­abling Trump to over­come even greater deficits in ur­ban and sub­ur­ban parts of the state.

Trump has in­creas­ingly used his public ap­pear­ances to el­e­vate cul­tural is­sues im­por­tant to his gen­er­ally whiter and older base, as he hinges his cam­paign on turn­ing out his core sup­port­ers rather than fo­cus­ing on win­ning over a nar­row slice of un­de­cided vot­ers. In Mosi­nee, he called for a statute to ban burn­ing the Amer­i­can flag in protest — a free­dom pro­tected by the Supreme Court — and crit­i­cized sports play­ers and leagues for al­low­ing demon­stra­tions against racial in­equal­ity.

Ear­lier Thurs­day, in a speech at the Na­tional

Ar­chives to com­mem­o­rate Con­sti­tu­tion Day, he de­rided The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which aimed to rec­og­nize the of­ten over­looked con­se­quences of slav­ery and the con­tri­bu­tions of Black Amer­i­cans.

“For many years now, the rad­i­cals have mis­taken Amer­i­cans’ si­lence for weak­ness. But they are wrong,” Trump said. “There is no more pow­er­ful force than a par­ent’s love for their chil­dren — and pa­tri­otic moms and dads are go­ing to de­mand that their chil­dren are no longer fed hate­ful lies about this coun­try.”

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