In a stunning development, even CNN has been forced to admit that a win for Joe Biden this November isn’t guaranteed.
In a piece published Wednesday by the left-leaning news outlet, which President Donald Trump himself has often dubbed “fake news,” a focus group moderator alleged that despite the mainstream media’s best efforts, many Midwestern swing voters are planning to stick with Trump this Election Day.
Report: Swing voters still want Trump
With the election months away, Democrats have invested heavily in attacking Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as his reaction to widespread unrest that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, accusing the president of cracking down on “peaceful protesters” as a distraction from his failure to get the pandemic under control.
Encouraged by the polls, Democrats and the media have all but declared a win against Trump this fall. But many “Obama–Trump” voters who helped Trump win the first time are still showing “strong support” for the president, according to Rich Thau of the Swing Voter Project.
In his Wednesday piece for CNN, which has not been independently fact-checked, Thau alleged that 22 of 33 respondents in recent focus groups preferred Trump over Biden, and the reasons are familiar: many want an outsider to steer Washington in a new direction and put America first, as Trump promised to do in 2016.
“These voters tell me they want America finally to be put first; they oppose immigration and trade policies they say give benefits to foreigners at their expense,” Thau alleged. “And they want a non-politician who relentlessly fights back, after witnessing too many office holders fold in the face of special interests.”
Biden has tried to appeal to swing voters by emulating Trump’s manufacturing policies, as Reuters notes, but it doesn’t look like the former vice president has convinced many that he has anything new to offer.
They aren’t falling for it
Recent polls have also shown that many think that Biden has “dementia” and that this would make him a “puppet” of special interests. What’s more, many potential swing voters are rejecting how the media and the Joe Biden campaign have attempted to frame the final months of Trump’s first term, Thau alleges.
According to Thau, voters don’t blame Trump for the ongoing pandemic, and they aren’t falling for distortions of riots as “peaceful protests,” either. They also reject tearing down statues and calls to “defund the police,” which Trump has sought to tie to Biden, in signs of a possible backlash against radicalism that Democrats have ignored.
“They feel Covid-19 was not Trump’s fault, and he’s doing the best he can to contain it,” Thau alleged in his piece for CNN. “They conflate the Black Lives Matter protesters with the rioters attacking federal buildings and retail shops. They don’t want historic monuments torn down. And they dismiss defunding the police as ridiculous.”
It’s very possible that “Obama–Trump” voters will flip-flop again, as Thau notes, and he said the voters he interviewed don’t dislike Biden as intensely as they do Hillary Clinton. But while Democrats say they’re doing better than four years ago, it’s possible that will change.
And if even CNN is willing to admit Biden’s faults, perhaps things are faring much better for Trump than we’ve been led to believe.