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Weekend Reads 10/3/20

Trump Is Not the Man He Used to Be

The candidate we saw Tuesday night—the worn, restless, curmudgeonly incumbent of 2020—bore little resemblance to the loose, rollicking, self-assured candidate of 2016. It might be hard to remember through the fog of these past four years, but the animating sentiment for Trump during his first run for the presidency wasn’t hatred or division. It was fun. He was having the time of his life. Nothing Trump had ever experienced had showered him with so much attention, so much adulation, so much controversy and coverage. He loved every moment of it.

Listen to What Trump 2016 Swing-State Voters Had to Say About the Debate

Trump’s comments last week in which he refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power landed badly with the group and overshadowed in their minds any potential positives of Republicans locking in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s SCOTUS seat. In fact, many of the women said they were pushed more toward Biden because they thought Republican attempts to jam the nomination through were unfair.

Trump’s performance in last night’s debate did nothing to win this group back and caused some of the previously undecided women to close the door on Trump for good.

Who watches the watchers? Samsung does so it can fling ads at owners of its smart TVs

Samsung's solution is not only the first screen ads mentioned above, but also that "ACR data can reveal which audiences in a given household have seen your brand... through partnerships with the right tech stack to target and serve ads across all connected screens, advertisers who cannot reach an audience on the big screen can reach them on the other devices they are using."

A Moment of Truth for White Christianity

Our nation and American Christianity as practiced by those identifying as white are at a crossroads. If white Christians once again refuse to treat racism as a political deal breaker for their support, any chance to regain some of the credibility they’ve lost by their political captivity of recent years will be gone forever. Also lost will be the desire of Black churches to work together with white churches who make it clear that they don’t see racism as a gospel issue. Many Black faith leaders have already told me they will no longer work with those churches.

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