Throughout the candidacy of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, a range of media reports have focused on the apparent lack of enthusiasm among voters. And now, even the mainstream media has been forced to admit it.
After returning from an extensive nationwide road trip, ABC News anchor Martha Raddatz shared her sobering conclusion that there did not appear to be “a whole lot of enthusiasm” for Biden’s campaign, as reported by Fox News.
“Nothing will change their mind”
According to Fox, Raddatz shared her observations during a recent appearance on ABC’s The View.
The former vice president’s much-touted “enthusiasm gap” is more than just a perception, Raddatz said, indicating that Democrats are overwhelmingly excited about possibly voting President Donald Trump out, but not necessarily thrilled that it will mean voting Biden in.
By contrast, she maintained that Trump’s supporters generally think the incumbent “walks on water” and are not particularly concerned over recent revelations about his taxes as published by The New York Times.
“Nothing will change their mind,” Raddatz concluded, according to The Hill.
Another potentially unpleasant surprise for the Biden campaign came when the ABC host revealed that much of the country has appeared to move past its crippling fear of the coronavirus, asserting that “you wouldn’t really know it’s happening” in many corners of the United States.
“I was really shocked at how few people were wearing masks in certain areas,” she said. “It’s like ‘I’m tired of this. I’ll just get back doing what I wanted to do before.'”
Biden has repeatedly cited the ongoing public health crisis as a central argument against Trump’s re-election. The president responded to a number of such remarks during Tuesday night’s presidential debate.
“We do them outside, we have tremendous crowds, as you see, and literally on 24 hours’ notice,” he said in response to Biden’s criticism of recent campaign rallies, according to Rev. “If you could get the crowds, you would have done the same. But you can’t. Nobody cares.”
Concerns about enthusiasm among Democrats dates back months, with one poll in March finding that fewer than one in four Biden supporters expressed strong enthusiasm for the candidate, according to ABC News. That represents the lowest number for any Democratic Party candidate in the 20 years that the survey had been conducted.
Meanwhile, more than half of Trump’s supporters said they were highly enthusiastic about his re-election bid. In the end, the ability to rally enthusiastic support among his base might be the factor needed to secure a second term for the president.