JOURNALIST Tom Brokaw complimented Donald Trump's "clever" campaign strategy on election night, saying he downplayed the coronavirus pandemic in a final push to appeal to lockdown-fatigued voters.
The NBC News veteran said he believes Trump encouraging Americans to go back to work helped win over voters who "wanted to hear" the president's encouraging view of the pandemic.
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“I think he made a very clever move in the last couple of weeks in which he said to the country, ‘Go back to work. It's time to get the economy going again," Brokaw said on MSNBC.
He continued: "Covid, we're close to getting that solved so you can go back and earn some money and get your business going again.
"I think it helped him a lot."
Brokaw noted that he's "never seen the country as deeply and sharply divided" in more than 50 years of covering presidential politics and said the the president's strong support for a second term is "surprising."
But although he doesn't agree with Trump, he admitted that the Republican's campaign rhetoric was a smart political strategy.
"I think in the last couple of weeks that Trump made a very clever move by saying you can go back to work," Brokaw said.
"He's dead wrong. Covid virus is going to get worse, not better.”
The longtime reporter also believes Trump's plan for "law and order" helped him at the polls because many Americans are tired of the anti-police protests that have become violent at times.
"There were a lot of white people who were supporting the black demonstrators until the black demonstrators kind of lost control and they were not just demonstrating anymore, they were going into streets and they were robbing stores and they were tipping over cars and it went on most of the summer,” Brokaw said.
"How much of that had to do with it I'm not sure. But it was a long way from Dr King who was so successful with a program of nonviolence. So how that played into all of this, I don't know."
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