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.
⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updatesJournalist Tom Brokaw complimented Donald Trump's 'clever' campaign strategy on election nightCredit: Getty Images - Getty He said the president's positive outlook on Covid boosted his support among voters who are sick of lockdownCredit: Getty Images - Getty
“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."Brokaw said Trump encouraging Americans to return to work was a 'clever move'Credit: Getty Images - Getty '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 The NBC News veteran said he was surprised by Trump's 'strong showing' in the 2020 election Brokaw said he believes Trump's 'law and order' agenda helped him at the pollsCredit: AP:Associated Press He said Trump's push to get the economy going during the pandemic appealed to Covid-fatigued Americans Credit: Getty Images - Getty But he also noted that Trump is 'dead wrong' on Covid, which he said 'is going to get worse'Credit: AFP or licensors
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.”Brokaw said that Trump also appealed to Americans who are tired of the violence at anti-police protestsCredit: AFP or licensors Trump's 'law and order' plan promised to put an end to the looting and riots that have taken place nationwideCredit: AFP or licensors
"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."