Swing state Republicans are raising real concerns about President Donald Trump’s reelection strategy if it revolves solely around attacking former Vice President Joe Biden.
In interviews with Politico, these Republicans said that the campaign was going to be a referendum on Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that no amount of attacks on Biden would change that.
“I think it still boils down to a referendum on the president,” said former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who went on to say that the election will be “more difficult” for Trump if people aren’t giving him high marks for beating the disease.
Georgia Republican State Leadership Committee President Austin Chambers, has released a memo warning Republicans that they can no longer take the Peach State for granted.
“Georgia is absolutely at risk for Republicans in 2020 — up and down the ballot, everything is in play,” he explained.
Former Pennsylvania Rep. Phil English, meanwhile, tells Politico that the botched pandemic response will ultimately hurt Republicans because their party controls the White House.
“I think there is too much blame-mongering going on, but that is predictable and I think that is going to complicate the political landscape for Republicans in Pennsylvania because they’re the party with the White House, so all negatives are going to first be set at their direction,” he said.
Mental health expert: Trump is waging ‘psychic terrorism against Black Americans
Dr. Kevin Washington, the former president of the Association of Black Psychologists and the head of the sociology and psychology department at Grambling State University, studies the cultural and historical trauma of people impacted by the legacy of slavery in America. In a recent interviw, he told Salon that the president's rhetoric has effectively given "permission" to act out on "white supremacist" ideology, but was not the primary cause of rising racial tensions across the country.
There were several glaring omissions in the FBI’s bizarre announcement about election interference
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced on Wednesday in a last-minute press briefing that both Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information and have "taken specific actions to influence public opinion."
In particular, Ratcliffe said that Iran has been found to have sent "spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump." He seemed to be referring to an incident described in a Washington Post story published right before the conference, which said the U.S. has concluded that Iran had sent emails pretending to be from the right-wing group the Proud Boys to Democratic voters.
Expert: Trump’s ‘forward-leaning posture’ and ‘body tics’ are cause for serious concern
A professor of Neurology at George Washington University says he believes there may be legitimate concerns over President Donald J. Trump's "forward-listing posture" that goes beyond the comical memes and gif responses normally shared on social media.
"I know something about political figures and observable signs of illness from afar," Richard E. Cytowic M.D. wrote in Psychology Today. "... The American public deserves an accurate account of our president’s health."