On Wednesday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel gleefully trumpeted the results of a poll from the conservative Civitas Institute on the state of the presidential race in North Carolina, suggesting that the results mean “four more years” for President Donald Trump:
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 14, 2019
Unfortunately for Trump, that poll does not paint the rosy picture she appears to think it does. As many commenters pointed out, because the poll’s margin of error is 4.38 percent, this means former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are statistically tied with the president, in a state that he only narrowly won in 2016 and that he cannot afford to lose.
McDaniel was roundly mocked on Twitter for her attempt to spin bad numbers:
You’re touting…a two point spread…in NC? pic.twitter.com/QsTLgkuqLB
— Matt Wilt (@MattWilt803) August 14, 2019
And you gotta love that NC gerrymandering. You think it’s in the bag. These poll numbers are within the margin of error & no conclusion can be drawn.
If you were a smart @GOP operative, you would not have sent out this tweet. Because you’re gonna get the ratio.
— Chris #EnoughIsEnough Griffith (@streetnoodle) August 14, 2019
Yikes. This is the best poll you can find? North Carolina?
You jagoffs must be scared.
— Shower Cap (@CapShower) August 14, 2019
— UnitedDemocrats (@DemocraticSurge) August 14, 2019
A Republican pollster has it tied in North Carolina. Great news for Dems.
— DrSquishy (@DrSquishy) August 14, 2019
You should have left this in the drafts. pic.twitter.com/Z61zI5ASED
— CHIDI®️ (@ChidiNwatu) August 14, 2019
Pssst. *Being ahead of a self-described socialist by only two points in North Carolina is not good news for a sitting republican president.*
— Patrick White (@whitepatrick) August 14, 2019
Gee Ronna, I wouldn't be crowing about poll leads that thin, even before the dow fell 800 Points. Maybe Uncle Mitt can get you a gig at one of his companies. You might want to look at that. Um, quick.
— Angela Clare📎 🇺🇸 🆘 🍩 (@AngelaCPMills) August 14, 2019
‘It’s really shameful’: Speaker Pelosi blasts US Supreme Court for Wisconsin decision ‘undermining our democracy’
'5-4 Surprise, Surprise'
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi blasted the U.S. Supreme Court Monday night, just hours after conservative justices in a 5-4 decision not only blocked the governor of Wisconsin from halting his state's election tomorrow, but changed a lower court's decision and gave voters less time to return absentee ballots.
The Speaker, apparently appearing from her San Francisco home on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," berated the right wing majority justices, who she says are now "undermining our democracy" by not allowing the election to be postponed until June.
It’s time for Democrats to start playing hard ball against the GOP’s threat to the 2020 election
Democracy is on the line, and the Democratic Party must stand up for its namesake.
On Tuesday, Wisconsin voters will be called to vote in one of the most disgraceful and flat-out dangerous electoral shams this country has seen in recent history. Despite the efforts of the Democratic governor to delay the vote and a federal court to extend the deadline for turning in absentee ballots — many of which may not arrive at voters’ homes by election day — Wisconsin residents will be expected to case their ballots Tuesday amid a pandemic or forever hold their peace. Howls about the injustice of asking people to vote in person during such a perilous time, and while the state is under a stay-at-home order, have gone unheeded by the Republican state legislature, the Republican-controlled state Supreme Court, or the Republican-controlled U.S. Supreme Court.
Justice Ginsburg sends out dire warning about the new Supreme Court ruling in Wisconsin election case
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a disturbing dissent on Monday as the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in Tuesday’s upcoming Wisconsin election with a move she warned could result in “massive disenfranchisement.”
The election, which includes the Democratic presidential primary, a Wisconsin Supreme Court race, and a raft of other local campaigns, has become embroiled in controversy as observers warn the coronavirus pandemic threatens the safety and integrity of the election. While Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has pushed to delay the election until June in light of the pandemic, the Republican-dominated legislature has refused to act, apparently believing the chaos caused by the crisis will depress turnout and benefit the GOP.