He especially infuriates them when he zeros in on
Trump plays Nixon to Clinton's Humphrey, and with
"We have a situation where we have our inner cities -- African-Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it's so dangerous," Trump said during his debate with Clinton. "You walk down the street, you get shot. In
But there have been thousands of shootings in the city, more than 3,000 this year alone and more than 500 murders, more than
There are many reasons for this -- the drug trade, the gang wars, hopelessness and despair -- in cities like
Clinton would much rather the focus remain on a mean thing Trump said about a chubby beauty queen years ago.
But there was a murder in
A suburban man was killed in downtown
Thousands gathered over the weekend to take advantage of the pricey Gourmet Chicago foodie event. This wasn't some fried dough on a stick deal. This was an elite food and wine festival, and city dwellers and suburbanites, some who support Trump, others who support Clinton, purchased pricey tickets to attend.
There was a street preacher saying something that Fabbri didn't like, according to police, and they began to argue.
Then, police said,
So the fact that it happened at the tourist mecca of the great Democratic city was one thing. And details about the shooting suspect, which feed into a common voter understanding about lenient judges and impotent law, is another.
Pagan, police said, had been arrested 39 times, had four felony convictions and had pointed a gun at people twice during arguments. He was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
And just like that you could feel the wind getting knocked out of the city.
When I've covered the murders of innocent children in rough neighborhoods, talked to the families, stopped for a silent moment at those makeshift shrines, there is always one thing I was sure of.
That the names would be forgotten. People would feel badly about the killings, but they forget the names, like
They got on their phones. They sent texts to their kids. They talked to their friends about the part of town where blood isn't supposed to be spilled. Not on this street, not on
And the suspect, a career criminal with a tattooed crown of flames, is a middle-class nightmare. Pagan's 39 arrests, the multiple accusations of pointing a gun, all feed an understanding that Trump is taking advantage of, that the Democrats are impotent in responding to violence.
It's a powerful argument, and it will resonate.
Trump's get-tough rhetoric, his wild boast that he could bring peace to
They are broad political brushstrokes, rather like Clinton's attempts at class and gender war themes, and her efforts to put her political arms around Black Lives Matter.
"But forget the politics," street blues harmonica player
"I did two tours in
When it happens to poor people, the middle class doesn't become afraid. They know little if anything about the lives of the people living in misery and fear.
But they know their own lives. They know they take a train and walk downtown as if it were a safe space.
And they vote.