Recent polling from Florida has shown older voters flocking away from President Donald Trump and toward former Vice President Joe Biden amid the president’s widely criticized handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Washington Post spoke with several older Florida voters who said they did not cast ballots for president in 2016 because they didn’t like either Trump or Hillary Clinton, but who are now deeply alarmed by what they see as Trump’s mishandling of the crisis.
“January and February were totally wasted by Trump,” said a 74-year-old Florida resident who wished only to be identified as Tom. “To Trump, in my opinion, the virus is nothing more than an inconvenience to him and his political ambitions. And he doesn’t really care. I don’t believe he cares about the people.”
The man said that even though he traditionally leans toward Republicans, he’ll be voting for Biden in November.
Julio, another older Florida voter, told the Post that while he’s not sure he’ll back Biden yet, he cannot imagine himself voting to give Trump a second term.
“He wants to say things, whether they’re true or not, to ingratiate himself,” he said. “It’s a problem. There’s a trust factor there. I don’t even listen to him anymore because I can’t believe what he says.”
And Allen Lehner, a lifelong GOP voter until the 2016 election, said that he won’t be sitting out the 2020 election the same way he sat out in 2016, and will instead vote for Biden.
“Presidents have in the past given leadership or comfort,” he said. “But there is nothing coming from our current president.”
Trump woos farmers with promise of $14 billion in pandemic aid
In a bid to win over voters in US farm states, President Donald Trump announced up to $14 billion in aid to farmers and ranchers hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.
With just six weeks left until the presidential election, Trump made the promise at a rally in Wisconsin late Thursday, but the funds come from an existing program and it is unclear how much additional money is left to spend.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided details Friday of the new round of payments, which will distribute whatever funds remain from a replenishment provided by Congress to farmers unable to sell their products or who are facing higher costs.
WATCH: Trump now says coronavirus vaccine by April – not Nov. 1 as he’s promised for weeks
For months President Donald Trump and his top administration officials have been promising the coronavirus vaccine would be ready by November 1. White House chief of staff mark Meadows this week said "potentially" be the end of September. Trump, too, has pushed up the date, suggesting a vaccine could be ready in early October.
After CDC Director Robert Redfield testified before Congress on Wednesday that a vaccine would not be ready until early spring of 2021, or some time in the summer next year, Trump claimed he had been mistaken.
‘Deranged’ Trump mocked for declaring himself ‘the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico‘
During a press briefing on Friday, President Donald Trump claimed that he was “the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico.”
The president was commenting on the fact that the White House had authorized $11.6 billion in aid to rebuild infrastructure on Puerto Rico three years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
But given that Trump reportedly wanted to sell Puerto Rico or swap it for Greenland because he viewed the US territory as dirty, many people on Twitter did not take kindly to his boast.