What Trump should learn from low polling and the Orlando Sentinel non-endorsement in 2020, but won’t
Our president is choosing to live in an alternative world.
As we live and breathe, Donald Trump is purging his pollsters over internal leaks that show Trump trailing Democratic candidate Joe Biden in key states, Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, and Maine — with Biden beating the president by double digits, ranging from 17–14 points ahead. Considering a good economy, Trump should be faring better at this stage in his presidency, but he’s not. That’s a problem. Trump is also trailing Biden in Iowa, Ohio, Georgia, and North Carolina. And he’s struggling in Pennsylvania, according to a Talking Points Memo polling of 808 registered voters.
Biden isn’t Trump’s only worry. NBC News/The Wall Street Journal survey show the president is trailing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) — although he fairs better against them, except for Sanders, who has a double-digit lead against the president, in some polls.
For a president that often brags that he is “America’s favorite president,” and has “accomplished the most of any president in history,” what’s the explanation for him trailing a handful of candidates in the Democratic primary field?
To make matters worse. As he kicked off his reelection campaign in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel wrote a scathing editorial refusing to endorse him in 2020. “We’re here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we’re not endorsing: Donald Trump.” Ouch.
It goes on. “After 2½ years we’ve seen enough.”
“Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.
“So many lies — from white lies to whoppers — told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity.
“Trump’s capacity for lying isn’t the surprise here, though the frequency is.
“It’s the tolerance so many Americans have for it.”
The first primary debate hasn’t taken place yet, and there’s already a newspaper that is affirmative in their statement that Trump doesn’t deserve reelection. Again, ouch.
Evidence outlining the papers’ reasoning:
- Trump’s exhaustive and unjustified attacks on the media
- Affinity towards dictatorships
- Loyalty to the words of authoritarians like Vladimir Putin over American intelligence
- Increase in deficit spending
- The bungled rollout of the Muslim Ban
I don’t even think the editorial piece indulged in the administration’s policy that mandates children be separated from parents at the border. On this policy, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recently accused the administration of participating in “concentration camps.”
And what about the blatant lie that Trump keeps stating he’s been vindicated by the Mueller Report, “NO COLLUSION.” Upon announcing his retirement from the Department of Justice, Robert Mueller said, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” That’s a far cry from being vindicated.
My advice to Trump is to face reality. He has yet to crack the 50 percent approval rating as president, and now he’s facing a tough road to reelection in a time when it should be smooth sailing, considering the economy is stable and wages are up.
But instead, the road to reelection is rocky. It’s not to say Trump can’t win in 2020, but the “Make America Great Again,” is tired, and the new slogan of “Keep America Great,” is an illusion. Bulldozing his way through the election isn’t going to cut it. Again, his polling is down, and his administration continues to face questions by House Democrats over issues of corruption, and he possibly faces an impeachment inquiry.
At some point, you must face the music, accept accountability and blame, and hit the restart button. Unfortunately for Trump, who’s a self-anointed victim to narcissism, accepting truths that don’t paint a positive light is hard for the president to grasp.
Instead, Trump continues to blame the Democrats and the “fake news” for his failings while pandering to his base that he’s doing great. Except, tell that to the white women voting base who voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in the 2018 primary, after voting overwhelmingly for him in 2016.
Wake-up Mr. President, it’s not 2016 anymore. You have a record as president now, and the voters are watching and judging. Many, and in key battle states too, aren’t liking what they’re seeing.