The coronavirus pandemic poses a grave threat to public health — and President Donald Trump’s re-election chances.
Trump’s campaign team is worried that he could lose Florida and Wisconsin, which he won in 2016 and will need again in November, and some advisers have basically written off Michigan as a loss this year, reported the Associated Press.
The pandemic has killed nearly 55,000 Americans and more than 20 million jobs, but Trump has doubled down on attacking Democrats, immigrants and the media to shore up support in his base.
Trump campaign officials told the AP that much could change before November’s election, and they’re confident voters will credit the president if the economy turns around by then.
But they also expressed worry that the president was rushing to reopen the economy before it was safe to do so, and they feared that voters would never forgive Trump for any deaths that resulted.
‘Watershed moment in election law’ as judge rules ‘modern day poll tax’ in Florida unconstitutional
Advocates for restoring the voting rights of people with past convictions welcomed the ruling as "a powerful reminder that no one can trump the U.S. Constitution."
Civil liberties advocates celebrated after a federal court on Sunday struck down as unconstitutional a Florida law that would have denied the right to vote to nearly a million recently enfranchised state residents with past felony convictions until they paid all outstanding legal fees, fines, and restitution.
Trump’s policies could come back to haunt him as he struggles to save his presidency from COVID-19: columnist
In a column for Washington Monthly, Annie Kim suggested that Donald Trump will likely be handcuffed by his own economic policies as he attempts to deal with the collapse of the U.S. economy in large part due to the coronavirus pandemic that raged out of control on his watch.
With close to 40 million Americans now unemployed and the president's administration pumping trillions into the economy to keep the country afloat as businesses shutter, Kim suggested that Trump is in a major bind of his own making that could cost him re-election.
Trump White House ‘flailing’ because they see election slipping away: AP reporter
On Monday morning, MSNBC "Morning Joe" regular Jonathan Lemire claimed that Donald Trump's manic spree of ugly tweets aimed at his critics -- combined with White House attacks on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden -- shows that the president and his campaign are "flailing" because they know the election is likely lost.
With host Joe Scarborough asking, "What is going through the president's mind? What is his state of mind? Why does he seem even more unbalanced and unmoored today than he has over the past three and a half turbulent years?" Lemire stated the combination of the coronavirus pandemic with its mounting death toll and the collapsing economy is more than the president can handle.