What Happens After Donald Trump’s ‘Final Battle’?

What Happens After Donald Trump’s ‘Final Battle’?

At The Washington Post, Philip Bump examines the political and religious implications of an expression used frequently on the campaign trail by former President Donald Trump: “2024 is our final battle.” In addition to promising retribution on those he and his base view as enemies, Trump’s “final battle” rhetoric also infuses the element of a religious struggle into his political campaign. This phrase has proven to be effective among many Trump supporters, particularly white evangelical Protestants, a group in which three-quarters of its members believe that the country has changed for the worse since the 1950s, according to PRRI.


How Many Abortions Did the Post-Roe Bans Prevent?

Margot Sanger-Katz and Claire Cain Miller at The New York Times report on a new analysis that found an increase in births in every state with an abortion ban since the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Based on birth statistics before and after the bans were passed, researchers at the Institute of Labor Economics estimated that births increased 2.3 percent, on average, in states with bans relative to states where abortion remained legal. In total, data suggests that the number of legal abortions nationwide has stayed steady or slightly increased since the fall of Roe. PRRI finds that a majority of Americans favor ensuring that at least some health care professionals in their community provide legal abortions (70% favor vs. 26% oppose).


This May Be Biden’s Best Hope of Reversing His Slide With Black and Brown Voters

For CNN, Ron Brownstein uses PRRI data to analyze claims of political realignment among working class voters of color. While some analysts argue that working-class Latino and Black voters are moving toward the GOP in a rejection of Democratic positions on social issues, this year’s PRRI American Values Survey finds that the majority of non-white voters without a college degree remain aligned with the Democratic party with 55% backing same sex-marriage and 64% opposing placing barriers at the U.S. border to deter migrants. While Black and Latino voters have expressed discontent about Biden’s handling of the economy, Brownstein writes that emphasizing the Republican party’s increasingly conservative positions on culturally and racially tinged issues is the Democratic party’s best hope for capturing non-White voters.


On Trans Day of Remembrance, Some Advocates Are Honoring Lives Lost to More Than Homicide

Orion Rummler at 19th News writes that this year on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has broadened its definition of who is being mourned and remembered. Elle Moxley, founder of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, said that anti-trans killings and pervasive health disparities are both reflections of the society that trans people live in each day. LGBTQ+ advocacy groups find every year that the fatal violence facing trans people primarily targets Black women and people of color. PRRI found that in 2022, 68% of Americans said it was their impression that there was a lot of discrimination against transgender people.


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