Red meat 紅肉 — something substantial that can satisfy a basic need or appetite

—> highly politicized issues or political speech that can give people instant satisfaction


(Washington Post, 7/27/2016)

“He has no clue about what makes America great,” Biden said referring to Donald Trump’s slogan. “Actually, he has no clue.”

And then: “No major-party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or has been less prepared to deal with our national security.”

These were all harsh attacks — the kind of red meat that conventions are made for. And Biden delivered the red meat better than anyone at this week’s convention.

拜登提到川普的口號時這麼說,[他不懂什麼讓美國偉大,他其實什麼也不懂。] 然後又加了一句,[美國歷史上從沒有主要政黨的總統候選人這麼無知,對我們的國家安全這麼沒有對策。]


(BuzzFeed News, 2017/03/01)

In a meeting with news anchors, President Trump said it’s time for compromise on an immigration bill, a major departure from the way he has framed the issue in the past. But Democrats aren’t buying it.

Trump also left the possibility open that he would speak about immigration besides in the usual red meat fashion he usually serves his base, by adding a mention of a compromise between the two parties.


(New York Times, 2016/04/01)

Trump’s success baffles many in the United States and abroad, who are used to seeing American politicians walk a careful line between red-meat populism and mainstream respectability.


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